Thursday, 13 August 2015

The PGCE Chronicles : OMFG, I'm Going To Be A Teacher!

Dear little blog, 

I think the last time we spoke I'd secured a new job; I was full of blogging enthusiasm and ready for a brand new start. Clearly, that didn't exactly happen, but with good reason (at least, I like to think so)

If we rewind to April, I did indeed start my aforementioned new job and it was... really damn hard in parts, if I'm being completely honest, but massively rewarding overall. I never realised just quite how much children change between the ages of 6 and 11, but apparently it's quite a bloody lot.

You will go from spelling out your surname (Sun-der-land) to innocent faced, eager to please little cherubs - to hearing 'Miss Aston Villa! Miss Newcastle!' being teasingly shouted across the playground, by a child the same height as you. Not to mention the Sex Ed classes (so many questions about periods. SO MANY); a four day residential (aka. working 22hrs and being paid for six); and the high-school transitions - I felt like if I could get through all of that, I could get through anything. 

So while I was still settling in to the new Key Stage, I was invited to a very last minute, and very out of the blue, PGCE interview. If you've been dipping in & out of this blog for a while (thank you, thank you, thank you), you may have heard this being mentioned from time to time - usually something along the lines of 'another unsuccessful'. However, on this particular afternoon, I left work and headed off with my trusty Rainbow Fish lesson plan, that has been the best bit of reusable planning I've ever done, to give it my best and final shot. 

I was adamant that I would not apply again after three hard years of trying and being rejected - it is just plain shit to try so hard at something, that you know you would love so much, to just end up with an automated response and zero feedback to boot.

But if there's one thing I've learnt lately, it's that I'm a determined SOAB when I want to be. So I put it all behind me and for the last time, I jumped through all the hoops, I put on my best 'please believe in me' smile and mustered all the confidence I could find to get me through the three hour process.

And believe it or not, IT WORKED!

A few days later, I stared at the 'conditional offer' as if it was going to somehow change to an 'unsuccessful' before my very tear-filled eyes, as if it was all some cruel joke. It was emotional. I felt equal parts petrified, overwhelmed and 'omfg I'm going to be a teacher.'

And I still feel this way, two months down the line. With a pinch more 'petrified' in the mix.

Now there's exactly four weeks until I start at a new university, with new friends and a new trainee teacher status - and I can't wait! I really can't. Plus, I get to buy a shit load of new stationery, which sadly fills me with a lot of excitement.

So I hope you enjoy these little snippets, however few and far they may be between (because, lets face it, if there's one thing people like to scare you with - it's how little free time I will have come September) - maybe you're an NQT, a trainee teacher to be, or you just still want to read my ramblings (for which I'm entirely grateful) as I start this new and slightly terrifying chapter of my life... Thank you either way.

Bring on the stickers! 



  1. aww congrats! i remember reading your blog post about the PGCE, so happy for you!

    Rachel // Style Soup

  2. Congratulations, lovely! You must be beaming and bursting with pride. Can't wait to read more about your new adventures. xx

  3. Congratulations! You must feel really proud of yourself, it's so scary trying to convince other people to believe in yourself. It always makes me doubt myself, which is exactly the opposite of what you're supposed to do. Best of luck with your PGCE.

  4. So proud of you, if there's anyone that deserves this it's you! So glad you didn't give up! xx

  5. Congratulations - perseverance has clearly paid off! Hope that it all goes well for you.
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

  6. Congratulations! Funny timing as I've recently left teaching completely. Hope you enjoy the course!

    Nicola //

  7. Oh my gosh! Congratulations on securing your place on your course!! We will both be brand spanking new PGCE students in September! Looking forward to seeing your updates throughout the course :) xx

  8. congratulations :) im going into my third year as a reception teacher, i love it!

  9. Congratulations, Sam! That's such amazing news. Well done you for not giving up - you really deserve your place on that course.


  10. OMFG congrats !
    Stationery is a very reasonable to be excited about I'd say ;) And I understand that you'll have very little time for your blog come september (I got to see the horrendous amount of work trainee teachers had on their plate when I worked as a french assistant … woh)
    I wish you all the best and hope to see you around here every now and again =) It's always a pleasure !

    Feathers and Brushes | Swiss | Beauty & Lifestyle

  11. I'm so so happy for you! Been following your journey for a little while now and I'm so proud of you! <3

  12. Congratulations gorgeous!

    Sofia |

  13. Congratulations Sammi! I'm so glad all that hard work paid off for you - and really hope you love every minute of the course :) x

  14. Well done!

    Lol i can relate to you on the excitement to buy stationery! You have a great writing style.

  15. This is such a late comment as I've only just caught up! But I'm so, SO happy for you! The hard work really has paid off! Well done girlllll! ^_^ xxx

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