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Can Non-subject specific teachers teach these courses?

Discussion in 'Scotland - curriculum' started by Gavster77, May 18, 2017.

  1. Gavster77

    Gavster77 Occasional commenter

    Hi all,
    Just a query if anyone can help me. Can National 3 Art and Design and National 3 Drama be taught by non-subject specialists or would this have to be approved by SQA?

  2. GuessWho

    GuessWho Occasional commenter

    I would imagine this would be a GTCS matter...not SQA.
  3. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    I think it depends on the setting. I would say you need a specialist if this is a whole class in a mainstream school. Pupils sitting Nat 3 are often not being taught wholly in mainstream and I know our ASN department do Nat 3 courses with some pupils. Again, non-mainstream schools will often offer Nat 3 for some pupils and that is not always taught by a specialist.
  4. BillyBobJoe

    BillyBobJoe Lead commenter

    My understanding is that the SQA has to confirm that the centre is capable of delivering the course to the correct standard, and may require some hoop jumping to achieve this, but makes no stipulation about who can teach it. Similarly local authorities cannot employ you on a permanent basis as a teacher of a subject you're not qualified in, but it's within the gift of the headteacher to allow non-specialists to teach a certificated subject so long as they're employed as a teacher of the subject they are qualified for. I deliver 3 subjects, only 1 of which I trained in and 1 more which I'm now registered for. I'm only employed as a teacher of my main subject.
  5. gemgems69

    gemgems69 New commenter

    It's a touchy subject, but comment above is correct. At the discretion of the head teacher. I was on receiving end of this in a previous life. Headie used A&D staff to cover teacher absences whilst assigning N3/4 art class to another teacher who liked to paint and apparently was pretty good a drawing. Seems those four years I spent earning a BA hons in fine art was a waste of time!
  6. amysdad

    amysdad Established commenter

    It's at the discretion of the school. I was qualified in Modern Studies, but did teach History for a while because that was my degree subject (I have the qualification now.) In my own current case, I'm teaching IGCSE Geography in China - although I couldn't get the GTCS qualification in Scotland, a HT could theoretically decide that I'm qualified by experience to let me teach N5 Geography.

    The difficulty would be finding the HT prepared to justify themselves to the LA......

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