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a secondary teacher applying for primary

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by camcam78, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. Im a secondary trained teacher returning from teaching secondary art and design in Ireland for the past seven years. Iam interrested in making the move to primary and have experience working with younger children but not in the uk school system. Since returning last month I have been volunteering in a primary school and am now registering with a supply agency that suggest they can get me supply teaching work in the primary sector.
    The question Im posing is how to market myself for primary applications for september start. As Im not at present significantly experienced in uk primary would it be reasonable in my cover letter to suggest that I would be able to accept an NQT wage so that the school would be getting an experienced teacher for a bargain. Perhaps I might be wasting my time even applying for primary work untill I have some primary supply teaching under my belt.
     
  2. Im a secondary trained teacher returning from teaching secondary art and design in Ireland for the past seven years. Iam interrested in making the move to primary and have experience working with younger children but not in the uk school system. Since returning last month I have been volunteering in a primary school and am now registering with a supply agency that suggest they can get me supply teaching work in the primary sector.
    The question Im posing is how to market myself for primary applications for september start. As Im not at present significantly experienced in uk primary would it be reasonable in my cover letter to suggest that I would be able to accept an NQT wage so that the school would be getting an experienced teacher for a bargain. Perhaps I might be wasting my time even applying for primary work untill I have some primary supply teaching under my belt.
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Yes, it would be useful to have experience in teaching primary. However you do need to take with a pinch of salt the assurance of the supply agency that they can find you work. The current situation is that there is a great over-supply of unemployed teachers trying to get supply work, and less work than there used to be, due to Cover Supervisors being used in many schools.
    It would be quite unusual for a school to wish to appoint a non-Primary trained teacher when there will be loads of Primary trained and experienced teachers about, so you will have to get some good experience under your belt, and ensure that you write a super application.
    There are not likely to be A&D specialist posts advertised in maintained Primaries, but there may well be in independent Prep schools - have you looked there?
    By the way, in a maintained school it is illegal to employ you at a lower wage; the unions do not allow people to undercut salaries in this way.
    Good luck!
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