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School placement for teacher training

  1. #11

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chand06
    Thanks eIIe...that information definitely helps. Sorry, I could not reply to your earlier message on time. I have already left Singapore so I cannot do my practicum there. I am trying to secure a position as teaching assistant in a secondary school currently.
    I wasn't talking about Singapore, rather about Hong Kong.

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    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.


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    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.


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    oh that is disappointing - what is your area of teaching?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chand06
    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.
    I’d recommend you to establish a relationship with one of the ESF schools if you want to get a placement. Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer... it is not that they are full, but why should they offer a placement to someone they don’t know. How would you be able to approach someone to be your mentor (meaning doing a lot of additional work) when you don’t know anyone in the school?
    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.
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    Visa related question.

    Hello,

    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!

    TIA


  7. #17

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    Here is everything you need to know about eligibility for training visas:

    https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services.../training.html

    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.

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