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Can I change subjects?

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by D_Gray, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. Hi all, my degree allows me to teach in primary KS2 and secondary ICT. I have already taught in a local primary for a term as cover. However, I would really like to teach D&T resistant materials as I have a vast amount of experience as a joiner and passionate about design. Would be grateful for some advise on how I could gain some valuable experience in order to teach D&T. Would it be best to complete my NQT year teaching ICT then try moving over to D&T? Presently looking for a full time post.
  2. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    Generally NQTs complete induction in their specialist subject as you are following on from ITT. It is possible to start an induction in another subject area however no allowances are made for the standards of your teaching in a new subject as you have to meet Core standards. You can download and get your self familiar with D&T requirements and use this to help with your applications. However you may find schools reluctant to commit to a non specialist teacher but you may find openings on supply work to gain initial experience.
    ICT openings have reduced considerably lately - as have D & T due to the Bacc and a lot will depend upon the job scene this summer-
  3. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    Its ridiculously difficult to get a job in D&T at the moment. I've been trying for 18ish months and also have industry experience as well as a year teaching. Get whatever job you can. Apply for ICT and D&T if you wish, there may be some posts where you teach both (I taught 3 areas of D&T and ICT in my NQT). Just make sure your applications are tailored to each post. Best of luck with the hunt and maybe I'll see you in the D&T forum... :) x
  4. Thanks for your response and will take heed of your advice.
  5. Now that you ahve QTS legally you can teach almost any subject, provided you can get a school to hire you and a headteacher to place their trust in you to deliver what is required. Your qualification does not restrict your ability to teach any age and almost any subject (some subjects e.g. science would have specific health and safety which normally precludes non-scientists from teachiong it, but with sufficient training even that isopen to you).

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