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Can anyone talk to me about teacher training please?

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fakeblonde Fri 26-Sep-08 12:27:18

DD is doing her gcse`s this time and basically getting a little frantic.
She was verging on special needs a few years ago with a long spell of epilepsy which meant she missed a lot of school.
We were told she would never get a gsce in maths-maybe an f.
Over the last 5 years dd has worked really really hard and this last year she has moved up from the bottom sets (6 ) to middle sets (3 ! ) and set 1 in Engish .FGS how proud !
She got a D in Maths statistics which was actually taken a year early anyway-so all of a sudden a c is achieveable.

Thing is if she doesn`t pass a reasnable amoubt of gcse`s she cant study A levels at sixth form which s what she reall wants to do-English,Art and Drama.
DD has set het heart on becoming a teacher and i KNOW she will get there if it takes her years and years.
I think its almost her waying of saying - stuff you i can do this(major bullying years ago at primary when she was ill) I need to know what other way she can go about getting her teacher training if she cant do sixth form.
Does she HAVE to get into Uni basically ?
I will support her whatever, but she wants this so badly .

fakeblonde Fri 26-Sep-08 12:36:09

Is ok have just found a fab website-she doesn`t need a degree ----wopeeeeeee

LadyGlencoraPalliser Fri 26-Sep-08 12:38:30

Well done to your DD, FB. She sounds like a hard worker, so I am sure she will succeed in her ambition.
Out of interest, what have you found out about non-degree routes into teaching. I have a friend who would be interested.

ChipButty Fri 26-Sep-08 12:38:37

You need a degree to be a teacher. You either do a BEd (4 years) or a first degree (3 or 4 years) plus a PGCE (1 year). Uni graduates can also train on the job (GTTP).

Have you thought of looking at a 6th form college or local college to do A levels? They may have a different admissions policy.

I hope your daughter achieves her dream. Good luck! x

fakeblonde Fri 26-Sep-08 12:52:07

Hi Lady ,

There are several options available:

As an undergraduate you can choose from a range of full- and part-time courses in primary or secondary education. You study for your degree at the same time as training to be a teacher.

As a postgraduate you can study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in primary or secondary education.

Alternatively you may choose an employment-based route, where you train to teach whilst working in a school. As an undergraduate with at least two years' higher education you can follow the Registered Teacher Programme. Graduates may choose to follow the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP).

Finally, if you already have classroom experience, you have the option to follow an assessment-only route to QTS.

Initial Teacher Training (ITT) is available from at least 130 providers in England and Wales, ranging from large universities to groups of schools providing School Centred ITT (SCITT). For full details, visit the Teacher Training Agency's website,

Definately achievable.

Elkat Fri 26-Sep-08 15:28:27

The only way to be a teacher without a degree is for her to become a montessori teacher or some other form of preschool teacher... but the salaries are very different to standard school teaching.

Basically, if she wants to teach in a standard school, then she will need her Degree. However, if you are concerned that she won't get all of her GCSEs first time round, then she is entitled to three years' worth of funding at college, so it may be worthwhile her retaking her GCSEs for a year and then starting her 'A' levels in a year's time - particularly if she still 'catching up' with earlier issues / problems.

Also, as a pp mentioned, perhaps studying at a college may be more appropriate to her? They tend to have lower entrance requirements etc and that environment may be more suited to her.

Also, if she wants to be a primary school teacher, then she might be able to do her 'A' levels in CACHE (Child education and care or something). I know some of my students have done that as two of their 'A' levels and added on a third 'A' level. This route might limit her choices as to which uni (not sure) but I do know some former students who have taken that route. Also, one of my friends when I was teacher training was doing her degree after doing her NNEB (nursery nursing qualification) and she was a very good teacher!

Finally, when she gets to college / 6th form, get her experience working in a local primary school or something - that counts for a lot when you are in interviews!


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