Young, gifted and knocked back
He is by no means a high-flyer, rather a typically late-developing male, who is making steady progress in English major with PE minor. Although he has wanted to teach since early in his sixth-form career, our advice (both teachers) was for him to complete a degree followed by a postgraduate certificate in education, rather than embark on a BEd, to widen his options.
He is currently applying for places on primary PGCE courses but he is getting depressingly similar answers, that is: "We only want people with a 2:1 or better". I find it very surprising that an outgoing, committed, enthusiastic young man, offering a core subject and PE, with good references from time spent helping in an inner-city primary school is having any difficulty finding a place.
This seems even more surprising given the need for an extra 4,000-plus infant teachers by September 2000 to satisfy the Government's class size pledge.
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