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Changing subject specialism

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by clarelou_x, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. clarelou_x

    clarelou_x New commenter


    I just wondered if anyone had any experience changing their main subject as a secondary teacher, I am currently dance but with lack of jobs thinking about geography (have an a-level) or even maths. I'm currently on maternity so cant really do anything until September, but I also need to get a new job for then too. Do you think many schools would take an experienced teacher/ hod who would be willing to take a pay cut to get more experience and support them to retrain. I have a little experience in teaching the subject to add. I know I wouldn't be able to compete with the subject specialists initially, but surely my experience as an outstanding teacher must count for something, and being happy to take a pay cut would help.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter



    You are correct that Dance is not an in-demand subject. But what qualifications do you have, apart from an A-level in Geography, to change subject? I doubt a school would find it hard to recruit a qualified/experienced Geogrpahy teacher; you might be luckier with the maths.

    At the bottom of This page there's a self-evaluation tool for returning Maths teachers. See how you get on!

    Best wishes

  3. davidmu

    davidmu Occasional commenter

    Why don't you look at the current vacancies for mathematics. The requirements may make you think again. Some of the requirements are frankly absurd. Do you match any of the necessary qualifications?
  4. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    I have taught different subjects, but i was already in the school. was not that difficult, but did involve work to get up to speed.
  5. cb324

    cb324 Occasional commenter

    To be fair , there is quite a high demand for geography teachers at the moment. If you blag it enough in an interview you might get away with it. There are schools around here (and the one i currently work at) who have been looking for a suitable geogrpahy candidate for around a year!
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    The access is on suitable . . . :)

    I doubt that an outdated Geography A-level would be considered suitable for teaching today's Geography A-level . . .

    But I could be wrong!

    Best wishes

  7. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Funny how things change - the last time I was looking for a main scale geographer was 2007 and we got about 100 applications!

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