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to give up my aspiration to become a primary school teacher?

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bollywoodfan Sun 20-Jan-13 12:27:57

I already have a degree so need to do the PGCE primary course. I first need to do some work experience in order to apply for the course. Then I will have to pay around £9000 for the course and once completed find a job - which I've been told is not easy because there aren't alot of posts available.
I have got a DS already at school and a 1 year old DD. I was intending to wait to start my course when she is 3 so that we get a bit of help with childcare costs. I am being made redundant from current job and money is going to be very tight. I would probably have to take a loan to help with childcare costs & living expenses while doing the course.
So after all the time it will take me to actually get a job, obviously I am worried whether it actually be worth it. I currently work in the financial sector and know that performance related pay is an excuse to withold pay rises. They make the targets so high that you can't reach them - yes this is what they actually do. I feel that I will be stuck on a low salary after spending so much time, money and effort.
Obviously I don't want to go into teaching for the 'good' pay - I do actually want to do it. It has been my long term plan since ds was small, but I knew I wanted another dc so wanted to start when I could do it with full commitment and not take another break for dc iykwim.
I am nearly in tears writing this because I feel that

Dozer Tue 02-Apr-13 22:55:44

Why not consider secondary teaching? More people earn higher salaries in secondary teaching, and depending on subject may be more jobs available.

Or alternative private sector jobs using your skills from banking?

99problems Tue 02-Apr-13 23:43:38

Oh god these posts make for depressing reading! I have got onto a Primary PGCE starting Sep and have a 4 y/o ds, so am really concerned about handling it. I'm lucky in that I live at home with parents still. I'm getting a 9K bursary that will fund it (got a 1st in my degree so get the full lot paid luckily) but I'm pretty sure graduates with 2:1 get 5k?

I know 3 people who have done Primary PGCE and all got full-time job offers before the end of their PGCEs though...

bluer Wed 03-Apr-13 06:47:25

I second the come to Scotland and teach! ! We seem to be better paid, work better hours and don't have sats etc!
However I've been flamed on another thread for claiming that anyone who says they work 90 hours a week is lying so maybe ignore me!

SuffolkNWhat Wed 03-Apr-13 07:38:49

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

StuffezLaBouche Wed 03-Apr-13 07:44:22


TheNebulousBoojum Wed 03-Apr-13 07:57:52

So she's obviously decided that she doesn't want to be a teacher. grin

99problems Wed 03-Apr-13 09:59:56

This may seem like a stupid question bluer but does a pgce from and English university allow you to teach in Scotland?

mumandboys123 Wed 03-Apr-13 10:07:07

am doing a PGCE at the moment but in secondary. Already have a job secured for September although I count myself lucky as very, very few have been advertised up to now. I am a career changer - 20 years doing something else. It is very different and very frustrating most of the time but overall I enjoy it. I am also a single parent and am managing. It is a question of organisation which I am learning...slowly!

IJustWoreMyTrenchcoat Wed 03-Apr-13 11:32:04

I could have wrote this OP, I too am being made redundant (at the end of the year), but by then I will have a new born baby and it seems unlikely I will have the time to commit to a PGCE. I have heard the course is very full on, and on top of that I need experience in a school before I even apply.

I have always had teaching in my mind, but fell in to a job straight out of uni to pay the bills. I fear I will always just have to take a job that has nothing to do with my ambitions and goals just to get by.

99problems Do you really get a £9000 bursary for getting a first? I thought something like that might not apply to primary and only senior teaching. I have a First.... Will have to look into it. I thought I might get help if I did a PGCE in the future and had a dependent child.

Bramshott Wed 03-Apr-13 11:46:09

If you are moving from the financial sector, have you considered secondary maths teaching? Might well be easier to find a job?

SuffolkNWhat Wed 03-Apr-13 11:47:29

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

99problems Wed 03-Apr-13 15:58:39

Ijust yes definitely get 9000 for primary PGCE if you have a first- 11,000 if you specialise in maths at primary. The TA website gives more info:

On top of that can apply for a student loan and grant, so luckily, financially I should be fine smile

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