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Hooray! I have a PGCE place so help me with my teacher's wardrobe!

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TheAwfulDaughter Wed 05-Feb-14 12:02:44

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dottyaboutstripes Wed 05-Feb-14 12:06:52

When you say primary, do you mean KS2? I'm asking because my dd is at uni doing Primary Education and she has said many times that wearing nice clothes is not a good idea when in KS1 classes as she's forever crouching, kneeling etc, getting busy with glue, paint etc!

dottyaboutstripes Wed 05-Feb-14 12:07:10

BTW - congrats smile

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Pinter Wed 05-Feb-14 12:14:52

Usual teaching rules apply I guess: if you can see down it, up it or through it, don't wear it!

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NowRising Wed 05-Feb-14 12:44:41

Congratulations!

And good luck if you think you'll have the energy or time to go out straight after work.

Your wardrobe sounds lovely but I am not sure how you'll manage in tube skirts. I'd not dare wear a cashmere sweater to school.

Sorry, not a very helpful post but I admire your enthusiasm.

rollonthesummer Wed 05-Feb-14 12:45:57

Blimey-I wish I'd had a wardrobe budget of £600 and money for cashmere sweaters when I did my PGCE!

There's a good thread on The Staffroom board that I posted on yesterday where people are saying what sort of things they wear in Primary; you might find that useful? I tend to be pretty casual-Fat Face/White Stuff skirts/dresses or trousers/jumpers.

NaffOrf Wed 05-Feb-14 12:49:47

I want a wardrobe where I could go straight out after the day for dinner and drinks with just a change of shoes and some statement jewellery.

Fucking hell, OP, your placement school won't know what's hit it!

Seriously? Dinner and drinks? I don't want to piss on your bonfire, but you do know about the PGCE workload don't you?

Fletcherl Wed 05-Feb-14 13:04:15

My best friend is a EY teacher. She buys things wears them outside school for a season or two and them moves them to school clothes after that. She couldn't wear them out after school as they have a snail trail around them where the children touch her or tables and chairs rub against her.
She buys at TU and DP quite a bit. Layers seem to be the way to go as the classroom is warm on the other hand she has to go out for break, assembly, to meet on the playground, for PE and so on. She also keeps a smarter cardi/jacket and smart scarf on hand is she needs to look smarter.
Her latest outfit is a wearhouse black and lime green tunic top. She wears it with black trousers or smart jeggings. The a lime green scarf, black cardi or zip up. Her coat is a mobile sleeping bag puffy thing!
Hope that helps.

rollonthesummer Wed 05-Feb-14 13:07:43

Fucking hell, OP, your placement school won't know what's hit it!Seriously? Dinner and drinks? I don't want to piss on your bonfire, but you do know about the PGCE workload don't you?

He he-I can't remember the last time I went out for dinner or drinks straight from school! I think it was in 2003!

Whats tragic is the PGCE and NQT workload seem nothing compared to the year after that-you lose that NQT time and things get much harder sad

Sleepyhead33 Wed 05-Feb-14 13:10:54

I love that you think you'll be off out for dinner and drinks after work! In 12 years I have rarely managed this! Planning and marking EVERY evening I'm afraid, particularly on your PCGE year when everything takes so much longer.

Sorry, not trying to be patronising and I know you have asked for style advice-that comment just jumped out at mesmile

Good luck and hope you do manage a few nights out during the week-if you do-please feedback and let us all know how you managed it! smile

TrollopeDollope Wed 05-Feb-14 14:34:00

Sorry ,but I also think you will have other things to worry about than having an outfit that you can easily alter for going out in the evening. Our (secondary) PGCE interns at this point in the year are all ashen, knackered and shivering in our cold school.
And cashmere? <Mind boggles>
Our local primary appear to have a (female) regulation uniform of leggings and tunic tops for KS1 and the occasional skirt worn in KS2

rollonthesummer Wed 05-Feb-14 14:37:54

so the majority of my social life

Social what? What is this thing that you speak of?

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rollonthesummer Wed 05-Feb-14 14:55:58

Seriously-there was a post yesterday about what teachers wear on the Staffroom forum; have you looked?

I get my leggings from Wallis-they are very comfortable. I tend to get tops/tunics and dresses from Top Shop/Next/Fat Face/White Stuff/New Look/Joe Browns. I have 4 pairs of boots in black, tan, brown and purple which I wear a lot at work. I have a Trespass down coat which I wear for playground duty days and a blue Next jacket for when it's not too cold.

MissMilbanke Wed 05-Feb-14 14:58:01

Well done you how exciting !

I'm not a teacher but all the young stylish ones wear leggins, dark tights boots, layer, and cardigans and accessorised with lovely scarves or chunky statement jewellery.

The older ones tend to be awash with Boden.

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NowRising Wed 05-Feb-14 15:01:15

Remember, you'll need a PE kit too.

TheAwfulDaughter Wed 05-Feb-14 15:06:03

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brokenpurpleheart Wed 05-Feb-14 15:14:35

No to cashmere or a tube skirt. Both totally impractical.

rollonthesummer Wed 05-Feb-14 15:18:01

When do you start, OP?

homeaway Wed 05-Feb-14 15:31:35

Have a look at me and em sale they have some nice things and they wear well. I think your cashmere jumper could go in your bag for when you go out to dinner smile. The things are expensive but they are really good quality. There was another thread on here about what people had bought in February which had some nice links.
Thinking back to my kids early years the teachers were all smart but just wore things that could easily be washed. I think that is the key.

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