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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:05 pm 
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Does anyone know if the French baccalaureate with strong maths component would be equivalent to Maths GCSE for the purpose of Teacher training? For English, I guess the Cambridge Proficiency and old ELIC would do. I can't find the answer anywhere, only being referred to NARIC which charges almost £90 to tell me... But no point paying if it is not going to be accepted.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:11 pm 
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It used to be the case that people without Maths GCSE had to take some kind of test before being accepted onto an ITT course. In fact a friend of mine who had an O level had to do it (she also had an Oxford degree, but in an Arts subject). So I think that the answer might be that if a qualification isn't on the list, there is probably a test you can take instead.

But actually the future is looking rosy for unqualified teachers once all schools become academies, so maybe all a moot point anyway. :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:21 pm 
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Thanks Amber, I know some providers have their own tests but all this comes at a cost. I am not sure I want to pay for NARIC and then for more tests or GCSEs.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:26 pm 
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Maybe you could ring or email an ITT establishment and ask them. Persevere though, I was initially told that my Chemistry with Management Science ( basically science and maths) degree was not relevant to primary teaching.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:30 pm 
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Everyone has to do skills tests before they start the PGCE.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:38 pm 
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Thank you. Yes I know there is also a skills test in English and Maths so why asking for GCSEs as well? That is not even to teach English or Maths and I do have UK under- and postgraduate degrees.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2016 7:11 pm 
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You will have to complete NARIC before you undertake any form of ITE.

When I lived in France I took GCSE classes for Brits who planned to be uk based in the future.

Contact your nearest ITE institution and they will help you.

I have PMd you too.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2016 2:34 pm 
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Thanks Moved.
I have not received your PM :(


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2016 3:08 pm 
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Don't worry about the PM, this is more useful. I did a quick Google search for ITT qualifications. I thought it was interesting that maths A level cannot replace a GCSE but the Bac can.

English and maths
European baccalaureate:
• A score of 6/10 or higher is acceptable in place of GCSE grade C (according to
equivalence sheet).

A score of 7/10 is needed for science


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:23 am 
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Thank you again Moved.
I had come across this as well, but no specific mention of the French bac.
I am waiting for info from my preferred ITT.


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