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Change of direction

Discussion in 'Primary' started by pcuffyfcfc, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. Hi all

    Can anyone help. I am crrently a full time PE teacher and was wondering if possible how I could change to primary school teaching as I need a fresh challenge?!
    Many thanks

    Paul C
     
  2. Hi all

    Can anyone help. I am crrently a full time PE teacher and was wondering if possible how I could change to primary school teaching as I need a fresh challenge?!
    Many thanks

    Paul C
     
  3. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

    That's quite a change.
    Presuming you are fully-qualified, then you are already qualified to teach in primary schools in England, but will need to be able to demonstrate to an appointing Headteacher that you have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to teach the primary curriculum effectively.
    For example, what knowledge do you have of how children learn to read and write? Do you know how to plan for cross-curricular learning? Are you able to teach the various methods of calculations? Do you have experience of pastoral care of the sort provided in primary schools?
    It's a lot to take on, but I'm sure it's been done. Undoubtedly the first step would be to try to find a way into a primary school to get a glimpse of what it's really like.
    www.tesfaq.co.uk/applications
     
  4. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Could you not ask to teach another subject in secondary as a fresh challenge? Or take on some responsibility?

    I have moved from secondary maths (a specialism in demand in primaries whereas PE is not) to primary, but I spent many years in a middle school first. I taught almost about 8 different subjects for 5-7 years each before ending up in primary. Even then it was very hard to get a permanent post as I was totally untrained and inexperienced yet rather expensive. I'd also done a few years of primary supply teaching in all ages.

    There is a huge surplus of primary teachers at the moment. You need to be able to convince a prospective HT that they should appoint you over the many, many trained and often experienced applicants. Saying the reason you want to move is for a fresh challenge, probably won't be enough. Could you realistically beat 100+ applicants for a post? If so then go for it. If not, then you might want to find a different way of challenging yourself.

    Good Luck whatever you do.
     

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