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.

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About Cuts, News and Views

The site’s author is a student at the Birmingham School of Media and a journalist for both Birmingham Budget Cuts and Sony Music Entertainment. He is a PR consultant as well as having worked for the BBC. The author also contributes on a freelance basis to The Times and The Guardian. Dean Hill is a member of The Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Posted on May 11, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. What about interest repayments? My understanding is that the new loans have much higher interest rates, so the actual amount to be repaid is significantly higher by the time graduates start – and finish – paying.

  2. Very true, Paul. But it’s staggering how much a teaching career costs compared to several years ago

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