Saturday, 11 February 2012

teaching as a way of funding MA

Thought it would be better to come up with a plan to save up this much and pay for it myself.
·      A lot of money for MA
·      Quick way of doing it
Thought about teaching as most PGCEs are only a year long and once qualified teachers are on
Scale point
Annual Salary England and Wales excluding London (band D)
Annual salary Inner London Area (Band A)
Annual salary outer London area (band B)
Annual salary Fringe Area (Band C)

 Teachers move up the band when they display good subject to satisfactory performance, and may even advance by two points if their performance is excellent or yearly experience

Using tis as a guide I would be able to afford my course in 2 or 3 years making allowances for my own living and saving some money towards my course.

Also had to take into account the availability of art teachers due to the recent change in core subjects in the curriculum, which changed Arts subjects from core. This would have an impact on the amount of art teachers employed
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GCSE arts choice cut blamed on push for English baccalaureate

Schools cut arts curriculum after ministers call for more students to take languages and humanities

Testing time: Under 10% of pupils achieved the English Baccalaureate. Photograph: Steve Lyne/Rex Features
Scores of secondary schools have made a snap decision to narrow pupils' choice of arts subjects for this September after ministers called for many more students to take languages and humanities.
Michael Gove, the education secretary, announced in December that performance tables would now measure the proportion of pupils at each school who obtain good grades in five specified core subjects at GCSE: English, maths, at least one science, a foreign language and a humanities subject. Pupils who achieve a grade C or above in this combination of subjects will receive a special certificate, the English Baccalaureate.
Teaching unions were critical of the decision to apply the measure retrospectively when the latest annual performance tables were published last month. In over half of state secondary schools, under 10% of pupils achieved the English Bac. In 270 schools, no pupil achieved the qualification.
Many schools have taken dramatic steps in the last month to ensure more pupils obtain the English Bac. Some schools have made languages and a humanity compulsory to GCSE, as maths, English and science are. Others have allotted more time to English Bac subjects.
But this sidelined art, music, design and technology and religious education in many schools, say organisations that represent teachers of these subjects who fear pupils will fail to achieve a rounded education as a result.
The National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) said some head teachers were removing art and design as a GCSE option so that pupils could study English Bac subjects instead. Over 60% of art teachers told NSEAD they thought fewer pupils would start art GCSE courses this autumn because of the introduction of the English Bac. The organisation polled about 100 teachers. John Steers, general secretary of the society, said it felt as if the government had launched an "assault" on art and design. "Clearly the ministers don't value the subjects. It is bizarre, because in some ways they are very keen on pupils learning about our culture – in history lessons, for example.
"It is particularly strange because the creative industries employ so many British people. Of course the subjects in the English Bac are very important, but alone they are not what makes a broad, liberal education."
Richard Green, chief executive of the Design and Technology Association, said teachers had been contacting him to say that design and technology had suddenly been withdrawn as a GCSE option at their school.
"In our technological age, it's never been more appropriate to study design and technology,'' he said.
The National Association of Teachers of Religious Education polled almost 800 schools and found that nearly one in three secondary schools are planning to cut time spent teaching RE as a result of the English Bac. The National Association of Music Educators found that 57 out of 95 schools are planning to cut opportunities to study GCSE music this September.
A review of music education will be published tomorrow. The review, conducted by the managing director of Classic FM, Darren Henley, is thought to be considering a radical devolution of responsibility for music education, so that it would be up to the whims of each local authority and head teacher to choose whether and how they fund music. A spokesman for the Department for Education said the English Bac would be only one measure of performance, and "should not be the limit of schools' ambitions for their pupils".
"Schools will retain the freedom to innovate and offer the GCSEs, iGCSEs and other qualifications which best meet the needs of their pupils," he said.

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To decide whether I would like teaching or not, I took place in the Student Associate Scheme at Staffordshire University
The scheme consists of a 15-day placement in a school with 2 days worth of training. Upon completion of the placement, you will receive £600.

Placements are available in Chemistry, Mathematics, Design and Technology and ICT.
The Student Associates Scheme places capable and enthusiastic students into local high schools for 15 days. In this time, successful applicants help support teachers and school students in their specialist subjects and also work on a special project, which aims to raise aspirations and improve attainment of school students. The aim of the programme is for students to act as positive role models, encouraging and motivating young people in schools to stay in education, as well as to help raise young people's attainment levels so that more achieve their potential and are encouraged to go into higher education.
The scheme also aims to provide a progression route and valuable work experience for students who are interested in teaching as a career. Therefore, this is a great opportunity for anyone who is considering education or teaching as a career and will be an excellent feature on your CV.
  • You will receive £600 upon completion of the placement
  • You will receive 2 days worth of training prior to the placement
  • You will be placed in a school and work with pupils on projects for 15 days in June 2011
  • Successful applicants will be CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checked
Who is the scheme for?
The scheme is for any student who fulfils the following requirements:
  • You are registered on a programme of study leading to an HND, a foundation degree, an undergraduate degree or postgraduate award;
  • You have an A level pass or equivalent in Chemistry, Mathematics, Design and Technology or ICT; and
  • You are interested in education or teaching as a career and inspiring school students to go on to university

Qualify for it
Interview process
Get paid

Get experience in teaching

Placement negotiable so wont be too far too travel

After completing this I gained experience teaching a wide variety or art and design subjects including
·      Art GCSE, A Level and BTEC
·      Photography A Level and BTEC
·      Textiles
·      Woodwork
·      Graphics

Also gained experience teaching different ages of students and SEN students.
I found though I preferred working with the older students as it was less structured and rigid and I was able to teach them an adult level and the work was more mature. Also the student wanted to be there and was willing to learn.

I found out through Careers advisors that the best way to Further Education and Higher Education teaching was through doing a Secondary first and progressing. So I stuck to applying for a secondary for now

Applied to the GTTR for PGCE, choosing universities based on course and on distance from my own home so I wouldn’t have to move away, which would save me money. A lot of local course were design and technology no art and design.

First choice:

Secondary Art and Design - PGCE

  • Duration
  • Full Time: 1 year
  • Fees
  • 2012/13 Full Time: £9,000 per year
·       You must have a good degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent in Art and Design or an art-related subject. Candidates must also have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English Language and Mathematics prior to entry.  If you do not already have GCSEs in English Language and mathematics, or their equivalent, and are not registered to take them, you should visit
·       If you are offered an interview you will need to present a portfolio of personal work, which should include a selection of work completed before, during and after your degree.
·       The selection interview will assess your subject knowledge and personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to secondary age students, enthusiasm, and sensitivity and communication skills. You will also take a written test to assess your standard of English.
·       In addition applicants must meet the Training and Development Agency requirements for Initial Teacher Training, which means being medically fit and completing successfully an enhanced disclosure via the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).
Get a student loan
Don’t have math GCSE
Close to home

Already got CRB

Second choice:

University of Gloucester

Teacher Training PGCE (Secondary) 

PGCE: full-time (one year)
If you’re looking for a lifelong challenging and exciting career and have experience or qualifications in art and design, English with drama, history, geography, mathematics, modern foreign languages, physical education, religious education, general science, science (biology), science (physics) or science (chemistry) then a teaching career may be for you.
Places in business studies, design and technology, information and communications technology, health & social care and music are also offered through the School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) course at St Peter’s High School in Gloucester. The course is fully integrated within the PGCE and covers all aspects of the programme.
This one-year programme aims to help you become a competent and effective teacher of your chosen subject within the 11-18 year age range. You will spend 26 weeks in school, where you’ll receive invaluable support from experienced teachers. You will return to the university at regular intervals throughout the year for professional preparation development and subject pathway seminars.

Some of our modules

  • Autumn term Parent School Placement
  • Spring term Twin School Placement
  • Summer Term Parent school placement
  • TDA Skills Tests
  • Review of the Learning process
  • Investigating the Learning experience


  • Established School Based Initial Teacher Training
  • Weekly subject sessions with Subject Leader throughout programme
  • Wide diversity of school placements

Career paths

  • The opportunity within this master’s level programme to obtain 60 credits towards a master’s degree qualification, to be followed during your NQT year with an opportunity to gain a further 60 credits
  • Secondary school teaching

Full-Time Entry Requirements

An early application is advised. You will need a degree (or equivalent) in an area, which supports one of the main subject specialisms, plus GCSE Mathematics, and English Language, both at grade C and above (or equivalent qualifications)
Get student loan
Will have to move away
Wide range of experience from different schools

Third Choice:

Bangor University
This course is offered on a non-modular basis; this course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), subject to satisfactory performance in skills tests.


Course includes equivalent of 24 weeks spent in schools; trainees gain experience in at least 2 different secondary schools, in addition to spending some time in both a primary school and a special school; consists of professional studies and subject-specific studies; includes opportunity for candidates to follow a 2nd subject.
Full time
1 years
Apply by: The deadline for the receipt of on-time applications is 30 June; please consult the GTTR website for details. Applications received after this date and before 1 September will be entered directly into Clearing.
£3375 per year

Cheap course

Will have to move away

Have to apply to get extra information, website isn’t very informative

Last choice
Edge Hill

One-year study
To join this programme you should have:
  • A first degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification;
  • A degree classification usually at 2:2 or above (exceptions may be made);
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification);
  • A demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways - time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience.
Please note, for the purposes of Initial Teacher Training, level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE grade C in mathematics or English.
As part of the selection process, you will be expected to present a portfolio of good quality art and design work, together with a presentation reflecting your understanding of applied art and design.
If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education's standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. You will also be provisionally registered with the General Teaching Council for England (GTC). Further details, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire, Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure application form and GTC suitability assessment questionnaire will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.
What will I study?
During 12 weeks of study on campus, you’ll develop:
  • Knowledge of essential educational theory;
  • Awareness of appropriate and innovative teaching and assessment methods, managing both individual pupils and larger groups;
  • Strategies to encourage pupils’ practical skills development in applied art and design;
  • Understanding of the curriculum;
  • Ability to plan lessons effectively;
  • Excellent working knowledge of the latest ICT tools and software used in schools;
  • Enhanced subject knowledge and professional and academic skills;
  • Wider awareness of your role within the teaching profession through study of professional values.
Student loan
Need to make sure I have a high quality portfolio
Part of placement is in a college with older students

Move away

A good part of doing a PGCE (as informed by careers Advisor) is that it counts for 2 thirds of a Masters degree, which will make my MA a bit easier for me when I get to do it

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