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Can a secondary NQT teach in primary schools as well?

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by asifashraf7, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. Hi, I am a newly qualified teacher and my specialist subject is ICT. I am only 22 years old and completed my PGCE in July 2010. I'm looking to do some supply teaching and wouldn't mind working in a secondary or primary school. I actually wanted to become a primary teacher but was told i could not so this as primary schools do not study ICT.
    This was the only reason as to why i completed my PGCE in secondary schools otherwise primary was always my passion as i like working with younger children and wanted to teach a range of subjects and not just ICT.
    My question is - Can i actually teach in primary schools even though my pgce was based on secondary schools? I have read in a few places that basically once you haveQT, you can actually teach any age range. I would be really grateful if anyone could help clear this up for me please!
  2. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Yes you can and supply teaching would be a good way in to primary schools. You are qualified as a teacher and so can teach anyone aged 5-18.

    However there is a surplus of primary trained teachers at the moment and so the chance you of getting a permanent post is pretty slim, though not impossible. If you are doing supply then do ask your agencies for lots of primary work as well as secondary and then make an excellent impression in those primary schools so that they ask for you back again.

    It is what I did quite a few years ago now and have never regretted it. Primary is in many ways harder work, but soooo much more enjoyable.
  3. Thanks for your reply. I have emailed all of the primary schools in my borough and asked for a voluntary position. I will look to do this a few days a week and then look for supply work as well. The agencies I have signed up with now know I want to work in primary as well. Although I know it will be hard to find a permanent position, my aim is to impress so that I am considered for long term work or even a permanent position.

    On another note, do you know anything about home tutoring? Free agencies where I can sign up.
  4. Hi, I'm currently doing a PGCE in secondary Geography and am considering that I may be more suited to teaching primary... in order to help me try and make a decision, would you mind telling me why you think primary is harder but more enjoyable than secondary?
  5. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    The difficulty for NQTs is serving an induction in a phase they have not been trained in. Schools may be reluctant to take a chance particularly when there are so many primary trained NQTs out there.You will not get any special consideration and you would hit the ground running. So you need to convince you can cope with a wider curriculum and subjects .Many do change phase but usually once they are classed as experience and induction has been served.
    Do also be aware that non induction supply work is limited initially to 16 months from the first date of teaching.

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