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A sideways move

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by mrjoemaths, Dec 29, 2018.

  1. mrjoemaths

    mrjoemaths New commenter

    Hello all,
    Sorry if it has been covered here, but I was looking for a little career advice.

    I am a Primary trained teacher. My degree included a maths subject specialism. Since then I have become a Primary maths leader and helped to implement the 2014 in two International schools. I am also currently studying part time for a maths degree with the OU.

    Basically I love maths.

    I've been working Internationally for 5 of my 7 years in the job and due to starting a family, look to be coming back to the UK next year.

    Unlike other posts I've followed on here, I am not looking to leave teaching. I love working with children and have a passion for maths. I would happily take a job in the UK as a teacher, but a number of friends are leaving the profession citing work-life balance and I want to make sure I am around for my 1 year old.

    I would love a career in creating curriculum content or working on developing maths curricula. I am also interested in consultancy although lack the experience. Basically I am looking for a career where I get to do more of the maths and less of the rest of the classroom organisation. I'd even be very happy if there were any middle school maths teaching posts, although without a degree, I don't think I am qualified enough.

    Has anyone got any ideas for where you can find jobs like that or what I could do to get the experience? I would love to take my subject specialism further but am not sure how to do so.

    Thanks in advance for any replies and Happy New Year!!
  2. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    Independent prep school maths subject teacher would seem your obvious starting point as a new parent. You could try for HoD posts but you'd be unlikely to win one over an experienced UK indie subject teacher / leader ... of course if none applied you'd still be in with a shot so no harm in trying. Advertised on TES, Guardian and / or the recruitment pages of the schools themselves.

    In the state sector your 7 years makes you more experienced than most of the workforce so you'd have very little difficulty getting a job which will gladly exploit your expertise in maths (as an addition to more-than-full-time duties). After 5 years in international schools though, I doubt very much that you'd enjoy the modern day English state sector and would strongly urge caution in trading your wellbeing for a more senior looking job title.
  3. mrjoemaths

    mrjoemaths New commenter

    Thank you very much for your reply! I agree prep maths teaching does seem ideal if I can find somewhere. I completely agree that lack of UK experience would hamper senior roles.

    I am not necessarily after a more senior role in school, just something (possibly school based, possibly not) that would allow me to focus on Primary maths teaching. Whether it's research, consultancy, data, assessment. Basically any job that would pay me to focus in on the area I love whilst still feeling I am having a positive impact on young children's experiences of early maths.
  4. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    In the smaller preps, you could easily be a head of maths...they struggle to recruit maths specialists and would bite your hand off. You would be able to use your skills to develop the skills of teaching maths in others and have some freedom over curriculum, though most do use the NC as a starting point.

    The NCETM might well have vacancies for something you'd like to do, look at their website and contact them.

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