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Changing Subject Specialism - help!

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by cnvgraham, Jul 1, 2020.

  1. cnvgraham

    cnvgraham New commenter


    I've been a Geography teacher for several years now in a decent London school. I love my job, however I am getting a bit bored of the subject and was wondering how easy it would be to change to teaching history as well?

    Discussed with my wife, who is supportive, and I'm thinking of doing a 1-year Masters Degree in history at Kings or LSE to enhance my subject knowledge. Would this be enough with 3 years teaching experience or would I be brushed aside by those with a bachelors degree in history??

    Any advice welcome!!!
  2. strawbs

    strawbs Established commenter

    maybe look for a school that does combined humanities at KS3?
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  3. cnvgraham

    cnvgraham New commenter

    I want to teach KS3 and 4, preferably both Geo and History. Teaching one subject entirely is getting boring but, due to my personal philosophy, I want accredited subject knowledge.
  4. razzahali

    razzahali New commenter

    Not sure on accreditation but a teacher I know went from PE to science (and does a fantastic job) so it’s possible!
  5. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    A lot of teachers of humanities subjects teaching some of the other humanities regularly, so finding somewhere where you teach both might not be too difficult. I don’t think that there would be any problem with you applying for a post if you could show good reasons for wanting to change, ability in History, and a passion for the subject. Remember, we trained as teachers with a specialism rather than teachers of a specialism.
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  6. cnvgraham

    cnvgraham New commenter

    Thank you for your response. Do you think then if I got a Masters in History I would be good to go? I'm not a fan of teaching a subject I have little academic knowledge of so doing the masters is more a matter of principle than a general rule.
  7. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    I think you’re good to go as it is. I understand your principle, but doing an MA in History would probably see you focus on one particular aspect of history. I would say you’d probably be spending your time better by focussing on looking at the subjects covered in the curriculum and reading up on them.
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  8. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    As I see it an MA would get you thinking like a historian, and specialist knowledge in one area.
    To be successful as a teacher, you also need to know how history is taught, and what the key objectives of the subject are.
    Will you have time to work and do an MA at the same time?
  9. Lakes1975

    Lakes1975 New commenter

    I've been a senior leader and my advice would be don't bother with an MA unless you want to do it for other reasons. It's all about good teachers. I worked in a small school and people combining humanities subjects or even, if they wanted, crossing over into English, was common. The knowledge and contented can be picked up, it's the teaching skills that matter.

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