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I don't know anything about the EdD, but bewildered has given excellent advice: I know that the tutors who delivered my ITT lost their jobs along with many others at the end of the last academic year. Most didn't have doctorates anyway; they had many, many years of varied experience as teachers. But who knows what the future holds? Education is a political football. Keep your mind and your options open.
I would say though that any route that allows you to keep your job (because you say you like it) seems the most sensible (not that I'm necessarily an advocate of choosing sensibly). Aren't FE positions in short supply?
Might I just add though that if you do well on the PGCE, your PhD will make you a very competitive candidate. Schools will value it, not above your ability to be an effective teacher, but assuming you have that nailed, it will give you an edge over your peers.
I did a PGCE a couple of years ago. 9k student loan for fees + 9k bursary (which is subject and degree classification specific; I got a first in a core, but not a shortage, subject). Most people on my course received 5k bursary (for having a 2.1 in a core subject) and took the rest in loans. I think the situation was the same then and that certain subjects received no bursaries and were dependent on student finance. What you've been offered is not unusual at all. Those who tend to do other routes often have experience in schools (such as having been a TA or having worked in the particular school in some capacity).
Whether or not it is worth the investment depends on two things: subject and location. As I mentioned in another thread recently, there was plenty of work for me and my fellow graduates, and it was a worthwhile investment. But as someone else pointed out, that is not the case everywhere, and I am aware that teachers of some subjects struggle more than others (such as PE, ICT, Art, based only on my observations and talking to teachers).
I'm a qualified teacher. If you want to do it, do it. I think it extremely unlikely that you will find any difficulty returning to teaching at any point. If you complete the PhD and decide to return, all the better. If you were to return, you would, of course, be competing with cheaper NQTs with recent experience for jobs. However, teaching is one of few professions that still values academic qualifications; all the schools I know would love a Dr on staff. Furthermore, you could easily keep your foot in the door by joining an agency and doing as little work as you like to keep your teaching experience recent (and for quick extra cash).
Timmy, it surprises me that you've been unable to find a secure position in teaching. I'm not in a shortage subject (such as science) but I've had job offers thrown at me. There is no shortage of work out there for most (though there are exceptions: certain locations, for example, and supply seems to be full of ICT teachers). The amount of teachers leaving the profession is astounding (I'm one!), and I can't see it improving as conditions continue to worsen.
Good for you that you like teaching, science_teacher! I know too few who feel the same!
Seems like a template and they've just added your scholarship name to it. They should have amended the "The amount shown" part, as they haven't written the amount. Nonetheless after deducting the value of "Graduate school home/EU 14/15", you owe nothing. Seems to me that the "self-funding" part just means that you can only have the award (which covers fees too- if that's what you've already been told), if you haven't already secured funding elsewhere (i.e. if you've already been offered funding from another body, you're expected to take it). Don't worry. Seems fine to me.
I understand people asking for help on how best to construct a decent proposal, but I don't understand people coming here for topics. Your desire to research should come from your passion for your chosen topic. If you don't have any ideas as to what to research, you can't reasonably expect to conduct independent research. I have (what I believe is) a great idea for research, and it was the result of a lot of reading and thinking that I did out of genuine interest in my field. Nobody did it for me. Good ideas aren't magically summoned at will.
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