How to make sense of rejection

3rd May 1996 at 01:00
My application for a place on a PGCE course to teach science to secondary pupils has been rejected. I can't understand why and wonder what to do next.

I fulfill all the academic requirements, having nine O-levels (including English language and mathematics), four A-levels (mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology), a science degree (biology with chemistry) and a doctorate in cell biology.

I have worked for 14 years as a research scientist, mostly in London, but also for several years in the US. My references are excellent. I am articulate with no major personality defects that I can discern (to be sure, I did check with a number of my colleagues). I had hoped I would be welcomed to the teaching profession.

At my interview, the tutor in question appeared not to have read my application form and didn't even have a copy in front of him.

I was asked about any previous experience with children. I have two of my own and if teaching experience was the point at issue behind the question, I have taught university undergraduates and postgraduates.

I had applied to teach in a shortage subject in an area close to my home. For family and financial reasons, I cannot look much further afield.

So, having been rejected, how can I improve my chances of acceptance or should I now regard myself as unsuitable to enter the teaching profession? Was it just bad luck or does the judgment of my interviewer reflect that of all institutions offering a PGCE course?

Any advice would be very welcome.

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