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    Need some advice if there are any teachers?
    Basically at present i work for the county council coaching children aged 4-18 in a variety of sports of which i am all NGB registered

    I want to get in to teaching for some job security and would like ot know which is the best route GTP or PGCE

    Issue is i am a home owner so need a decent income (could survive on 16kish)

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    I qualified as a primary teacher about 7 years ago. In the end I didn't go into it, I preferred the world of Business in the end. I'm a Chair of Governors and my girlfriend, and most of my friends are teachers.

    Obviously the GTP route is the better paid option. I believe PGCE is basically all fees paid and £6k? GTP is very competitive, your coaching will definitely be a good thing on the application form. Try to get as much experience in the classroom as you can before you apply. The dropout rate in GTP and PGCE is high, they want to make sure you know what you are getting your self into!

    Hope that's of some use.

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    Darren Lee is also a teacher
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    Cheers Jimmy
    ive been coaching in school setting for 7 years now often cover PPA time.
    GTP seems the best option financially but from what i have found on the internet its not as well recognised as a PGCE almost not as qualified once achieved

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    There's a slight element of that. However, often the school where you do your GTP will employ you at the end, subject to meeting usual human resource requirements. Once you've done a few years teaching the PGCE/GTP debate becomes less of an issue, more about experience and what you have done for the school and education etc. You also have a lot of experience working with children

    Unless it's an NQT, when I interview candidates I don't really mind where they did there training. Good references, a practical teaching demonstration and a flexible attitude are what's more important.

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    Persoally i dont think i would struggle to get a placement its just deciding whats best i am going towards the side of a GTP.
    Job i have now is really good and flexible but every 1 or 2 years tey have to chase funding for me and latest set runs out in March 2010 and i fear that will be the end of it so i need to get my behing in to gear now

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    Hi - I've been a primary school teacher for 5 years having gone down the PGCE route.

    The main difference, as far as I can see, is that with a GTP you are much more "hands on" and will spend more time in school. After all, they are employing you. How successful your training will be depends on the school and teacher who mentors you.

    With a PGCE, you will get more theoretical training at Uni, will be able to share your thoughts and experiences with more students (good for networking) and will have the chance to spend different placements at different schools - which increases your experience.

    Overall, you can make a good case for either route. It may come down to financial considerations.

    As for the job, well that's a completely different discussion!!!!!

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    I know what you mean about the job! There's no way I could do it. I got my eyes opened during the 4 years I spent getting my degree and QTS. I started as a call centre supervisor after graduating, and in my opinion that was preferable! I'm sure Gregg knows what he's doing though?!? :-)

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    I could defintely hack being a teacher i am almost one at present on difference is i dont have to work on Nat Curric.
    Im thinking a GTP is the best for me, had enough of uni when i was there 3 years ago now way am i going back to study haha

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    Go for it Gregg. Teaching isn't so much a job as a vocation. You've really got to want to do it. It's not the sort of job you can do if you're heart's not in it. It makes me laugh when you hear about all the inquiries being made about teacher from people who've lost their city jobs. It's a totally different world. No bonuses, no Porsches and no life.

    Ah well. I guess that's why I love doing it so much!!!

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