TES Membership

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The Times Education Supplement (TES) is a valuable tool for anyone working within, or interested in, teaching and education. After all it is “essential weekly intelligence for the education professional”. Each issue of the magazine, released every Friday, is packed full of news, discussions and ideas to keep us all up to date. Each issue is 2.90, however I managed to get mine on an introductory offer with four issues for just £1. Bargain! Although, […]

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Teacher’s Workload; Too Much?

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Teachers workload, brain drain, and burn outs have all been headlines in the media recently, but is the workload really as bad as they are making it out to be? I’ve read up on the topic and present my take on it within this post. Here are some facts from Teacher Toolkit (2016) about teachers workload: 1. No matter what you say, do or refine, teaching by default is exhausting 2. Without a change in […]

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Sheffield Hallam Interview

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Today I had my interview at Sheffield Hallam University for the Pre-service Post 16 and Further Education PGCE programme, and I think it went very well. I actually came away from the interview wishing it was my first choice as they made me feel so welcome, but I had already decided to go to Doncaster after being offered a place and securing my placement at John Leggott College in Scunthorpe. Anyway, I thought I would […]

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Doncaster Interview; I’m now officially a trainee teacher in September!

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Argh so excited and happy right now! I’m literally on the train on the way back from Doncaster and I just had to write this post up. After all my stressing and panicking over my interview, which I think is because this was the choice I really wanted, it went really well and I was offered a place! I thought it would be a great idea to write a post up about how I found […]

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Interview Time!

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  So after applying to three places on UCAS; Doncaster University Centre (University of Hull), Hull College (University of Huddersfield), and Sheffield Hallam University, I have been sent invitations for interviews for all of them which I am over the moon about. All of these providers have asked for very different preparation prior to the interview, which is what I mentioned in the check-list. Here’s what was expected of me at each interview if anyone […]

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My School Experience

As part of my PGCE application it is necessary to have some school experience, so in October 2015 I started thinking about where I could get some experience. I decided to aim for as much experience as possible; within a further education setting and other places too. I spoke to the careers department at the university and my programme leader and got in contact with Lincoln College’s Travel & Tourism department. It was a bit […]

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Welcome To The Year Before


Welcome to The Year Before, a blog I’ve created as part of one of my final modules at University; Digital Economies and Digital Cultures. I started this blog when I was in the process of applying for my Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in the Lifelong Learning sector (Further Education) for September 2016, and I wanted to share my experiences with others who may be going through the same process, or who are thinking about […]

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