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Can a secondary teacher work primary?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by SophieVAnderson, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. SophieVAnderson

    SophieVAnderson New commenter

    Are you able to work in a primary school with a secondary PGCE?
    I was told that it is up to the primary school, and whether they feel you can meet their needs.
    Just wondering!

  2. sueemc

    sueemc New commenter

    yes, once qualified to teach, you're qualified - but it is very different. there are also fewer jobs, less progression and then less pay when promoted (lower tlrs generally).
    There are a few posts on here about this - do a search for some more ideas/feedback :)
  3. Why? If you train to work in a secondary then work in one. If you want to work in a primary THEN TRAIN TO DO IT. I would not employ someone to work in my school if they had trained for secondary unless they had re-trained.
  4. Sophie asked if she was able to work in a primary school and technically she is, she is a trained TEACHER and that entitles her to teach primary and secondary. However, realistically she will have her work cut out to get a post, there is a great deal of competition and, as planespotter rather bluntly shows, a great deal of antagonism in some quarters! But it can be done and there are several who post on here who will be able to provide some constructive advice!
  5. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    i worked in secondary and then moved to primary.although i was middle school trained...it was hard work and to be honest i got in by supply and learning the ropes that way..then went to a full position.
    I was an RE specilist and also HOD in a huge comprensive in East London when i left......but yes i diod make it..but it is work and you do need to adapt to all subject teaching and to diffewrent levels of expectations.
    As others have said.technically you are qualified to teach in any state school.
  6. Go ahead. Some small-minded individuals are snobbish enough to object: ignore them.If you can get through the demo lesson and interview and show competence then fine.
    As I'm sure you know, there are less free periods in primary!
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  7. TweedJacket

    TweedJacket New commenter

    Free periods?!?!
  8. Which shows your ignorance, because you can't re-train. Once you have QTS you won't get accepted on another course that leads to QTS, and there aren't any courses that don't lead to QTS. The only way to re-train is on the job.
    The people we might be when starting our career in teaching might not be the person we are 10, 20 or 30 years later, and therefore our skills and preferences might change as well, meaning we are better suited to starting in one age sector and moving to another. As the Government obviously don't see fit to have a distinction between secondary and primary teacher qualifications, then it obviously can't matter very much (as they are to be obeyed) and as long as the kids get a good education, does it really matter what course you took 20 odd years ago at uni? I'm glad I'm not employed in your unflexible, one size fits all, uncreative sounding work-place!
  9. Although to be fair, there is a great deal of antagonism from all sorts of places, towards all sorts of people throughout teacing, so don't let one po-faced person's comments put you off Sophie :D
  10. anon2799

    anon2799 New commenter

    It is possible. At my school we have a TA who was a secondary teacher, she decided to become a TA in primary as a way into primary teaching, although she has now decided primary teaching isn't for her and wants to stay as a TA instead.
    As a head I would be asking what experience you have of the primary curriculum, what you feel you could offer the school that other primary trained colleagues couldn't, which areas you would feel you need to develop and need support with. If you have shown that you have sought out primary experience (voluntary work, supply, TA work etc) I would be more happy to consider you. Also if you were a reflective teacher, aware of your areas for development etc.
    What annoys me is when I see applications for Deputy Headship posts (which involve leading the whole curriculum) from Secondary trained colleagues who have never set foot in a primary but think it is somehow easier so they will be able to take on a leadership role immediately. Don't get me started!
  11. sueemc

    sueemc New commenter

    perhaps I should have said in my post I do! Trained in secondary, HoD secondary, prog mgr in FE and now primary. I have done specialist jobs tho.. perhaps there's an issue if you've just trained - why have you changed your mind?
    that said, teaching is teaching any age. Pitch changes, curriculum changes, the goal is the same. The youngest I've taught is 4 (cover not thru choice), the oldest (on a HND) 64. IIMO the hurdles/obstacles arent that different.

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