Some expert advice from our ‘Careers in Teaching’ Panel 27 Oct 09
* The closing date for primary PGCEs (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) is 1 December 2009.
* There is no official deadline for secondary PGCEs, however some subjects and London universities can fill their places quickly.
Make sure your referee is given plenty of warning about submitting your reference. Applications without a reference at the closing date will not be considered.
Bursary information has recently changed. For the latest information about how much funding you could receive, visit the TDA (Teaching Development Agency) website.
Subject knowledge enhancement courses are available to students who want to teach a subject that is related to their degree or that they studied at A-level. Check the TDA website to find out more.
Many PGCE providers will require that you have spent some time in a school observing a class in the subject and age range you are planning to teach. This will make you aware of what a teacher’s day involves and will help you decide whether teaching is really the career for you. Cold calling schools and asking for observation experience is often not effective. Instead use any family / friends who may work or study in a suitable school to make contact. You can also contact the PGCE department where you are planning to study, who may be able to offer help.
Access interactive practice interview questions at teach.gov.uk/interactiveinterview
Impress with your Application
* Reflecting on what you learned during your classroom observation and highlighting your motivation for teaching (including the subject and age range) are good places to start.
* Do not make small mistakes on your application form. A simple spelling or grammar error could prevent you from being selected.
QM Careers has take away copies of ‘Applying for a PGCE’ and ‘Target jobs Teaching’, which are full of useful tips and advice on applying to teach. If you would like an adviser to check your personal statement or to give you a mock interview, please contact us to arrange an appointment.