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Considering moving from Secondary to Primary teaching - how easy is it?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Missbridle, Apr 16, 2012.


  1. <font size="2">I am a Secondary
    School teacher, currently teaching RE, PSHE and Leisure & Tourism GCSE, am
    considering a move to primary school teaching but am unsure as to whether this
    is likely to be a straight forward move or if it might prove to be difficult to
    make this transition?</font>


    Has anyone made this type of move that has an advice for me?


    I know someone who moved the other way - but I'm sure there are
    great differences here.


    Any helpful advice, words of wisdom etc. gratefully received.
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  2. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    I have made the move, but spent several years in a middle school before moving to primary. I also taught maths as a specialism, and had taught most other subjects to year 5 and 6 before moving.

    While it is perfectly possible for you to simply apply for a post you like in a school you want to work in, the chance of you getting the post are very, very slim. Can you really convince a HT that you would be better placed to teach maths, English, science, PE, art, DT to a class than a primary trained and experienced teacher? What about phonics? What about a creative curriculum?

    Also keep in mind there are already a hundred or more applications for many primary posts, certainly the desirable ones. If you were a primary HT would you employ you when there is a choice of a hundred primary trained and experienced teachers, that are also possibly cheaper?
     
  3. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    Unfortunately, whilst technically you can just move from one to the other, in reality you will face a number of obstacles. The major one will be that there is currently an over-supply of primary trained teachers, over a 100 applicants for each vacancy is not unusual. Second you will be expensive but inexperienced in PRIMARY teaching terms. Heads will either go for inexpensive or experienced, you fall foul of both! Third the subjects you teach are not core subjects in primary so teachers with these specialisms are not in great demand, you would be more marketable if you had an English or maths specialism as that is what primary schools are judged on. Finally you would have to comvince a Head that you can teach 14 different subjects to children from 4 to 11 years of age, that's hard for a primary trained teacher to do, it would take twice as much to convince that a secondary trained teacher had the skills and knowledge to do so.
    If possible, try supply first to convince yourself that primary is where you wan to be and build up contacts.
     

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