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Citizenship... Where does it lead?

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by VolunteerKitty, Dec 30, 2018.

  1. VolunteerKitty

    VolunteerKitty New commenter

    Hi everyone,

    I am debating doing a PGCE or some form of QTS Teacher Training in Citizenship Studies...

    I have plenty of real life experience in the field of citizenship given my volunteering history and I have a degree in Human Rights but just lacking in the relevant teaching experience, and the curriculum has changed a fair bit since I was a student (almost 10yrs ago)!

    So I wanted to find out more about life after qualification in such a specialist subject, before committing to it...
    1. Do many schools have specific Citizenship teachers?
    2. Are there specific lessons for citizenship or are all teachers/subjects expected to muck in and teach parts of the curriculum within their normal classes? (That’s how they did it when I did gcse citizenship)
    3. Is there a need for citizenship specific classes/teachers in schools these days?
    4. Finally, does anyone know of schools that might be able to offer some Citizenship classroom experience? (Ideally in West Midlands but will travel).
    Thank you all so much.
  2. carriecat10

    carriecat10 Established commenter Community helper

    I don't have any experience of this myself, but a close friend of mine completed her PGCE in citizenship a few years ago. From what I can gather citizenship is closely linked with humanities subjects, particularly RE and History. There are very few posts for specialist citizenship teachers. Perhaps do a search for jobs in areas you would be willing to work/travel to see what is currently out there.
    Whilst my friend really enjoyed the course and teaching experiences, she now regrets specialising as she has been unable to secure a job. However, there seem to be more opportunities for humanities with citizenship.
    It sounds like your previous experiences would help you secure a place on a citizenship course but the qualification might not necessarily help when looking for a job. Might you consider other humanities subjects?
    Someone else with more relevant experience might be able to offer better suggestions but I hope this helps :)

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