So, you’re about to start your PGCE year…

Not long to go now and for some of you, the anxiety/panic/’wondering what the hell you’ve done’ feelings will be creeping in. The first thing to say is, you’re not alone! I’ve been doing this job for, let’s just say, a few years, and about now every single holiday without fail those feelings jump out at me and yell ‘boo’! Very loudly. My strategy for keeping them quiet? Just a little bit of self care.

In the days and weeks leading up to starting your teacher training course, the best piece of advice I could give is to not think that you have just days and weeks leading up to starting your teacher training course. Now, I’m not saying that the prospect for many of you won’t be exciting, and actually loads of you will be desperate to start…but…you’re going to be busy, really, really busy. You see, training to be a teacher is amazing and rewarding and actually good fun, but it’s also all consuming, and tiring and hard work. Sound harsh? I’m not trying to put any of you off, really I’m not.

I love my job and wouldn’t change it for the world, but what I am saying is make the most of this time. There are loads of blogs out there suggesting you spend some time now swatting up on subject knowledge and reading the latest education books. Don’t. Spend some time now with your friends and family. Go out for the day and don’t think about teaching. Go to bed when you want and get up when you want. Read a book because you like the front cover, treat yourself to something that is going to make you happy, go for a long walk and look at the beauty of where you live. Do anything that you want to do. But most of all, don’t worry. You are about to embark on a great adventure that will take you places you never dreamt of. You are about to meet people who you’ll never forget, and who will never forget you. And as cheesy as it sounds, you are about to start making a difference to the lives of young people, and that’s pretty bloody cool.

So, stop reading this and go and make the most of the time you have left!

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