Repeat after me: PGCE is hard!

I received my PGCE confirmation letter today. Although I knew the result, it’s nice to see it  become”official”.  I mentioned in an earlier post how hard it was. I just read this from 2010 on the TES forums: “however hard you imagine its going to be, times it by 100 and thats actually how hard its going to be. I never thought it would be THIS difficult.”

I’ve actually described it a few times as two years work in one. The coursework and study (if you do it properly) could consume most of the year on its own. As could the teaching practice.

What were your experiences? I am particularly interested in what teaching standards you found hard. Was it the Behaviour? Planning? Differentiation? Comment below, or tweet or DM me.


By mraharrisoncs

Freelance consultant, teacher and author, professional development lead for the NCCE, CAS Master Teacher, Computer Science lecturer.

2 replies on “Repeat after me: PGCE is hard!”

I found it hard at times, but I genuinely have loved the teaching aspect of it all. I’ve not found it too hard to plan and teach, even though it was time consuming, because I enjoyed it. But the uni side I found very hard, I had very little time to read etc because I viewed my teaching practice as more important.
I think the British values stiff was hard to evidence, and helping to plan the curriculum part in TS4. The rest was something you could pinpoint or make an effort to do in a lesson imo! X


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