A MUST read for wannabe teachers
If you’re considering becoming a teacher you will find the following information somewhat negative or difficult to comprehend. The new government have not only capped the number of teacher trainee places available, particularly for secondary subjects, but new regulations state you must obtain a second class honours degree to even be eligible for training; that means around 60% minimum as an entry requirement.
Secondly, the TDA are encouraging more men into the primary workplace, which could mean effectively fewer places available for women. Is this sexist? No. We need to balance the genders. This is why the undergraduate Student Associate Scheme, where you get paid £40 a day to work in a primary school, is open to men only. So in the near future it seems you are going to be more successful in finding a teacher training position than if you are female. That’s sexist? No, just ethically right to balance the genders for the purpose of equality.
Thirdly, START SAVING NOW! Bursaries for trainee places have been scrapped unless you study engineering, maths, science of languages. So there is now less student finance available for PGCE applicants.
If you apply for teacher training/PGCE after 2012, you will face fees of between £7,000 – £9,000 per year, PLUS any maintenance grant you are entitled to. Teaching is slowly becoming as expensive as a law degree, and remember – this is ON TOP of your student loan for an undergraduate degree.
So let’s say you have a loan of £15,000 – if loans increase you could be paying back £25,000 upon graduation!
Best piece of advice – make sure it’s what you want to do, teaching is a super-demanding profession which requires good English, maths and science, and a dedication to helping others. Paperwork can be immense and it is a lifestyle, not a career.