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  1. Miyazaki

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    I've applied to do a PGCE to teach science at secondary level and am thinking about buying a tablet pc.

    Do any other teachers use one, and if so do they justify the extra cost from a normal laptop pc?

    Cheers. :thumbsup:
     
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    most schools provide science teachers with a normal laptop
     
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    I use a laptop supplied by the school - wouldn't choose a tablet over it TBH.

    Good luck with the PGCE - you must be mad :devil:
     
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    is it your laptop to keep, or is a loan from the LEA?
     
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    they on loan for as long as you work in the school
    you have to use it to run the interactive whiteboard.

    Not a good time to enter teaching, now they can use teaching assistants to cover lessons, it will only be about 5 years until you won't need a teaching qualification for any teaching posts, and wages will fall drastically.
     
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    I don't see how that is possible IMO. You always need qualified professionals in every vocation.

    They won't be able to drop wages either, the NUT and other unions wouldn't allow it.

    And if it ever did happen :eek:

    I applied responding to the advertising drive to recruit the "shortfall" of science teachers, apparently they are crying out for them?
     
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    My laptop is on loan from the school - need it for electronic registers.
     
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    A couple of schools i have been in use a pda for the register. Seems quite nifty!
     
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    My lap top was funded by an EU grant for languages in the community. A bit odd since my subject is IT
     
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    I dont believe it what happened to a book and a red and black biro? :rolleyes:
    LAPTOPS for teachers!! :eek:
    and we wonder why we dont have enough money in education. :D
     
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    Yes in primary, not so in secondary. He's doing a PGCE which, and correct me if I'm wrong Games, is for the latter. Theres a teacher shortage in secondary, while (due to falling rolls) theres a teacher surplus in primary.

    In our sector, it's 'lay offs at dawn'. Unless you're teaching basic skills or 14-19 year olds. Apparently 'lifelong learning', like so many other govt ideas has fallen by the wayside........... :cool:
     
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    Yeah thats right. PGCE in secondary science. I'd love to see a TA take an a-level biology lesson :eek:

    Yes stealther, seemed a bit unnecessary using a pda for a register!
     
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    Using the computer for the register has reduced odd truancies, as all the data goes straight to the office 'live' and those 'missing' kids have their parents phoned!

    Started this year and worth it just to see the faces of kids marched back into school by their parents!

    :devil:
     
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    Teachers are not covered for 6th form classes, students get the lesson off
     
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    Yeah, I remember not having about 50% of my A-level economics lectures in my second year of college as one of our lecturers was also a vice-principal (in charge of bunking off?) and the other was new and rarely there either.

    I got a reasonable grade, but always wonder what the result would have been had they actually taught the whole course. :mad:
     
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    Colleges are even worse, as you don't need any teaching qualifications
    for working there (and the pay is a lot less too)
     
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    You're behind the times PJ my friend. All college staff, thanks to govt legislation, must have at least the 730, by, I think it's 2006/7, and the CertED within 12 months of that. All new staff at colleges must have the CertED. Uni's have been left off, but only for existing staff. New lecturers must have either a PGCE or CertED.

    Some colleges have been proactive ahead of the legislation and since 2003 (when the govt warned the legislation was coming) have stipulated that staff must have the CertED within two years.

    At our college, after years of having no more than 9 or 10 CertED students for each two year course, it's now oversubscribed as staff are queing up to get them done........... or be laid off.

    You're right though, the pay is a joke. :rolleyes:
     
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    Do they have to register with the GTC as well now then?
     
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    Not yet. That's (at the moment) only for those teaching learners under the school leaving age. I say not yet, because colleges are already having to teach 14 year olds and up, so technically FE (not 6th form) colleges are no longer teaching just the 'adult' sector. Govt hasn't caught up with the lack of GTC numbers yet, but some junior ministers bound to notice and close that loophole, and the tutors teaching those age groups obliged to sign up and get their number.

    I have seen some colleges asking for GTC numbers on application forms recently.
     

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