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Changing from Primary to Secondary Teaching

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by Bluebells98, Sep 28, 2019.

  1. Bluebells98

    Bluebells98 New commenter

    Hi,
    I’m currently in my second year of my Primary Education course but I feel like I want to do secondary teaching instead. Is the Primary Ed course I’m doing useful for secondary teaching and will I have to do another course after qualifying or change course completely?
    Thanks in advance for any advice given.
     
  2. CWadd

    CWadd Star commenter

    If you want to teach Secondary you'll need a degree in a specialist subject. Sec teachers generally take a degree, then a PGCE or school based training course.

    A month ago you were posting about how you wanted to teach in Canada. I think you need to talk to your mentor about what you want to do.
     
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  3. grumbleweed

    grumbleweed Star commenter

    I guess it would depend on what subject and if you have the subject knowledge. In the dim and distant I trained for 3 to 8 but went into secondary for my probation as it was then. The reason I could do this was
    1. My degree was a B.Ed which ncluded a specialist subject, in my case, maths and computer studies.
    2. See point 1. There was a dire shortage of maths teachers who could also teach a bit of bbc basic (1980s) and I was the only applicant for a job so they took a punt on me. Had my subject been, say, history, I might not have not the same break.

    I went back to my spiritual home of early years after a couple of years.
     

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