“Let’s Start at the Very Beginning….”

….often perceived as a “very good place to start”!

Hello one and all, my name’s Alice and I graduated this year with a 2:1 in English Literature.  After a two month holiday I’m ready to hit the ground running again, but this time as a General Primary PGCE student!  Not only does this entail a new city, university, housemates and essay referencing style, but it will also, inevitably, mean a heck of a lot more work!  

I’m clearly not one to shun education as a viable option, but it turns out that an English Literature degree perhaps wasn’t for me – 5-7 hours contact a week proved disheartening, especially considering all I really wanted to do is teach.  I know some people are a little begrudging of teaching, the infamous saying “Those who can, do, whilst those who can’t teach” rings in my ears, but for me it’s the only realistic option.  I’ve done lots of work with kids, I’m by no means an expert, but I’m certain I’ve made the right choice.

So that’s the background over, now to the nitty-gritty!  It all starts with a bang tomorrow with a week long ‘Home School Placement’.  This involves a week of observations in a local school in my home town; I’ll be working with Year 2 alongside their teacher, the head of Key Stage 1.  This should be a great experience, getting to see what it’s like in a school during the second week of a new academic year, observing how children learn what is expected from them both in their academic work as well as their general behaviour.  It’s going to be a busy week, with the conclusion of the week being my move to my University town!

I’ll let you know how it all goes – hopefully this will be helpful to some of you looking to undertake a PGCE, hilarious to those of you wanting to see me suffer a nervous breakdown, and generally time-absorbing for those seeking to alleviate their boredom.

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