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Converting from Drama to English

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by lfdxx, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. lfdxx

    lfdxx New commenter

    Hi all,

    I completed my PGCE in Secondary Drama in July 2015 and I have had no luck in finding a job in Drama. I am currently working supply (covering ICT - a subject I know nothing about) and feeling very low and demotivated by the fact that I have no job to look forward to again in the new term after Christmas. I am really considering pursuing a job as an English Teacher instead, but being from a Performing Arts background I have had no experience on my teacher training course of teaching English. I know that English and Drama compliment one another well, but this is not enough of a reason for schools to employ me on this basis. I was wondering if anyone had any advice for me, such as the next steps to take - should I apply for English Mentor roles even though I am technically over-qualified for them to get more English experience? Or should I just keep applying for English jobs and hope that someone will give me a chance? Really running out of ideas here!
  2. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Do you have English at A level? I'm asking because if the answer to that is "No", you've very little chance indeed of being appointed to teach English. As it is - to be frank - I can't think of a head that would shortlist you if there were English graduates to choose from.
  3. englishteach101

    englishteach101 Occasional commenter

    I'm just about to start a job as an English teacher in January and my teacher training was in Music. That being said, I do have a good A Level in English and I am a more experienced teacher who has taught some English for the last 5 years. Ifdxx, getting some experience on supply might help to start with if there is any in your area, or do you know any English teachers you could shadow?

    Drama and English is quite different as I'm sure you're already aware so I won't teach you to suck eggs, and naturally schools will always prefer English graduates over us. I've found it to be a case of doing it for a bit to show how good you are so you might have to look at the temporary or fixed term contract market for a little while to get some experience under your belt.
  4. shamsh

    shamsh Occasional commenter

    There is a huge shortage of English (and Maths) teachers in my area, and schools are more willing to be a bit flexible. Like englishteach101 I would suggest getting a temporary post first to prove to the school how good you are. In my last school quite a few of the English teachers taught Drama as well because although it was very large school there was only one specialist, so it probably would be useful for a school to have someone who is flexible.

    Have you thought about moving to another part of the UK where there are more vacancies? London and the South East for example? Or possibly doing a TEFL or Teaching Adult Literacy qualification that would be relevant to teaching English? With the TEFL course you could even teach abroad for a while, gain more experience, and have the opportunity to travel which is a bonus!
  5. purplecarrot

    purplecarrot Senior commenter

    I can't see any sensible head shortlisting a non-specialist over a specialist, especially in a core subject.
    But, it depends on the area. I know of schools near me who are plugging gaps in their English/Maths departments with non-specialists. Of course, you'd have to question why those schools aren't getting good applicants in the first place, causing them to need non-specialists (and at times unqualified staff).

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