Hi I am about to apply for the PGCEi from Sunderland and I also need to secure a school placement before I am accepted. Did you manage to get a school/mentor?
I am making a list of all the dep. heads at the international schools in Hong Kong.
Also the ESF said they do accept Sunderland and have a few teachers who went through it on their staff but they are not sure it will continue to be accepted by the education bureau in the future.
Hi unfortunately I haven't managed to get a placement yet. The ESF schools do take in trainees but it seems they are full at the moment. Funnily, they do not tell when is a good time to approach them.
oh that is disappointing - what is your area of teaching?
There are currently 4 student teachers in my school, they either worked there as an educational assistant or built up rapport with the school prior to the placement.
I’m also looking at completing a PGCE once I’ve finished my undergrad. I’m already in HK working as a NET teacher and have a working Visa to do so (studying at the same time).
I want to do my PGCE and placement in HK; however, as I need a Visa to work in HK I’m concerned that when it’s time to do a placement, I won’t be able to get a Visa to be a teaching assistant.
I’m wondering if anyone knows how to go about this. Does the training visa cover PGCE placement? And if so, will I still be able to work at the same time?
Any information about this will be greatly appreciated!
Here is everything you need to know about eligibility for training visas:
Which university do you indend to study for your PGCE? If you study full-time in any university in Hong Kong, a student visa woukd be the best option. If you study for a PGCE outside Hong Kong, you won’t be eligible for a training visa, as the actual training is not undertaken in Hong Kong.
Last edited by eIIe; 30-03-2019 at 09:41 PM.