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Can a secondary teacher teach in primary school ... if it's an academy?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by richest1, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. richest1

    richest1 Occasional commenter

    Just thinking in the old days you couldn't and needed a second qualification. However some one told me now Academies can allow this.

    It would be for a day or 2 after retiring thus summer.

  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    QTS qualifies you to teach at any level and always has.

    Whether you can persuade a Head you are competent to do so is the big question and it sounds as if you have.
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  3. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    Throughout my career, teachers have occasionally moved from secondary to primary (including one who went from secondary classroom teacher to primary DH)
    I even remember one of my own teachers making such a move back in the 60s
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  4. bonxie

    bonxie Lead commenter

    I know someone who taught secondary for a few years then changed to primary. All in state schools.
  5. richest1

    richest1 Occasional commenter

    Thanks all.
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  6. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Well I do it...started in secondary and gradually moved to younger and younger years and now teach a nursery class.

    No need for any retraining or additional qualifications.
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  7. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    What Lara says, there are no rules (never have been) about whether someone who trained as secondary can teach in a primary or vice versa. Your QTS qualifies you to teach in any type of state school, primary secondary or special. Whether LA or academy makes no difference.

    The issue isn't what you are legally allowed to do but the experience that a head is looking for when filling a specific post. Anecdotally it is easier for someone with secondary training and experience to get a job in primary than vice versa. You will probably end up as subject leader for whatever your subject is quite quickly! I know of several secondary teachers who moved to primary successfully.

    There used to be courses for secondary teachers wanting to move to primary but I've no idea if any of these still exist.
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