QTS

I have to confess, as much as I enjoyed my degree and all that I gained from it, there was always a greater goal. A three year journey now comes to a complete close with the above certificate. I never shared the fact that I was doing my GTP (Graduate Teacher Program) with my fellow cohort for fear of counting my chickens before they had hatched. I undertook my GTP in January of this year once I was as close enough to a graduate within the academic year and embarked on six months of absolute epic amounts of work and stress from holding a full time teaching position (as I had done all throughout my degree), undertaking my GTP training (2x 3000 assignments, three school placements, three hours of lectures a week, collection of 100 pieces of evidence against the 33 QTS standards and 20 formal lesson observations) and of course finishing my degree (10,000 word dissertation and 6,000 word supplementary module).

Now at the end of it, I am a qualified ICT teacher, something I have aimed for every single day for the last three years. Any school in the country (and in fact most of the world) is now available to me and I have already had two job offers. I will be staying put for now, but never loosing my drive throughout this process, the next mile stone is not that far away.

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4 Responses to QTS

  1. Julian says:

    Very very pleased for you Toby. Your journey is well under way and I know that you will make it one of the most exciting and entertaining rides possible. Well done you.

  2. Toby says:

    Thanks Julian.

  3. I am on the same journey. Still trying to find my feet. If possible could you share your experiences (what sort of things you included in your course. How the GTP works etc.) with me.
    My basic main goal is to become a qualified ICT teacher in as soon a time as possible. I have instructed lessons for half a year but when their teachers maternity leave finished I was back down to TA. I can feel my passion for teaching dwindling in a classroom listening to teachers knowing I would do things not necessarily better, just differently. Did your placements have to be in different schools or could you do them all at the same school? Sorry for all the questions.
    Congrats for finishing the journey and good luck in the future.

    • Toby says:

      Hi Adam,

      Unless you are already ‘in with’ a teacher training provider, you will nee to have your degree at the point you apply. That should give you an idea of how long you will be looking at.

      Regarding the teacher training itself, you will need to have a strong ICT knowledge and be able to demonstrate this as the LTT BA is not wholly an ICT based course.

      My GTP required two 6000 assignments throughout the year (I did it in 6 months), 20 days placed in other schools (two days primary, three days in another secondary and fifteen days in a contrasting school) You will be observed about 30 or so times throughout the year and you must produce a portfolio of evidence towards the then 33 QTS standards (about three pieces per standards). The icing on the cake is that you must pass an ICT, Literacy and Numeracy exam.

      I hate to rain on the parade, but all of this is out the window as of September 2012, the standards will change, the process will change and there is a general theme that the whole process will be more difficult to both get onto and pass. My advice is to strike dialogue with a teacher training provider now if you have not already done so.

      Hope this helps!

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