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At What Age Do Students Get Specialist Teachers?

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by holmes5668, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. I'm currently teaching at a Canadian international school. I teach grade 7 (11, 12 and 13 year olds, so early Key Stage 3 level) and am a generalist. I teach Maths, Science, Social Studies, Art and Language Arts. From grade 8 on they get specialist teachers for each subject.
    At what age do UK schools (or rather NC overseas school) use specialist teachers rather than generalists?
    Also, my first degree is in Human Geography, but the subjects I prefer to teach are Maths and Science. Is this a problem at the Middle School level (assuming I wanted to specialise)?
     
  2. I'm currently teaching at a Canadian international school. I teach grade 7 (11, 12 and 13 year olds, so early Key Stage 3 level) and am a generalist. I teach Maths, Science, Social Studies, Art and Language Arts. From grade 8 on they get specialist teachers for each subject.
    At what age do UK schools (or rather NC overseas school) use specialist teachers rather than generalists?
    Also, my first degree is in Human Geography, but the subjects I prefer to teach are Maths and Science. Is this a problem at the Middle School level (assuming I wanted to specialise)?
     
  3. stopwatch

    stopwatch Established commenter

    In the 3 British Curriculum schools I have worked children from as young as Nursery had specialist teachers for some subjects.
    It is not unusual for Reception/Yr 1 upwards to get specialist teachers for any/all from music, ICT, PE, Arabic, Science
     
  4. Thanks Stopwatch
    We have specialists for Arabic, PE, French (thank goodness) and Egyptian Social Studies.
    I was more interested in the situation for specialists in Math, Science, History, Geography and English. At what age do students start getting specialist teachers for these subjects?
     
  5. from my experience (secondary)...
    all subjects should be taught by specialists by Yr 10 in the British system - this is normally when GCSEs start (although quite a few leafy suburb schools run a truncated KS3 where students start GCSEs in Yr 9 now).
    Scientists (who I know) may certainly teach across the 3 key disciplines in KS3 and 4 but, like many of us, they are happy teaching their specialism and many schools run a system where 2-3 teachers will rotate to teach their specialism to the same group throughout the year - this happens a lot at GCSE.
    Many state secondaries in the UK teach Humanties in KS 3 where a teacher will have to do Hist/Geog/RE for the same group but again you do get groups rotated between specialist teachers also, from as early as Yr 7.
    Many schools though - and usually the ones with stronger reputations - teach discrete disciplines from Yr 7 onwards. You won't find many schools in the league table top 100 teaching Humanities for 3 years before GCSE.

     
  6. afterdark

    afterdark Occasional commenter

    In the UK some far sighted secondaries send out a Math specialistone day [or half a day] a week to teach year 6 and/or year 5.
    Abroad some schools have specialist lessons for year 5 and 6.
    In both cases it is often some students but seldom all the year group.
     
  7. afterdark

    afterdark Occasional commenter

    That realy depends upon you and the school. If you are prepared to be flexible and accommodate the school's needs etc. I would have thought that it would make you more desirable as an appilicant because maths is very important to many parents of children in international school.
    Good luck, every competent math specialist in KS2 is a boon to the future of maths.
     
  8. Thanks for all the excellent answers. The reason I asked (which I didn't really explain in the original question) is because, after I fiinsh my stint at my current school I'd like to move over to Brit school and preferably at the upper KS2 level. I was wondering if there is anyway to prepare for that and make myself more marketable. It seems though, that most KS2 teachers are generalists, so in much the same postion as I am now.
     
  9. stopwatch

    stopwatch Established commenter

    Our school has specialist teachers for Year 6 in all subjects apart from PSHE
     
  10. Brit school in the same country, Holmes?
     
  11. Possibly, but probably not. I'm looking into the future, this is not an imminent decision. We're staying put until at least 2013, maybe 2014.
    Just thinking ahead.
     

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