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Converting to secondary PE

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by ld95, Sep 28, 2019.

  1. ld95

    ld95 New commenter

    Hi, I can imagine this has been posted about plenty of times so please direct me to previous posts if that is the case.

    I'm trained in Primary with a PE specialism and I've previously worked as a Primary teacher whilst teaching PE across the school. I'd love to focus on PE teaching now and have therefore thought about converting to secondary teaching (we also have middle schools where I live and this would be the ideal option). Can anyone give me any guidance on what I would need to do to go about this? I'm not too sure where to start with it all.

    Like I've said I'm sure this has been discussed before so any guidance would be appreciated!
  2. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    You're qualified to teach across the whole age range, which for most subjects means there is no retraining needed. I don't know if it's different because of the safety aspect of PE, but if our specialism is PE that may well be covered anyway. The main hurdle is finding a school which will employ you - PE is the subject which has least difficulty with recruitment.
    Ways to make your application stronger
    - do some stuff with older kids - help with the local youth league or whatever
    - mention willingness to teach other subjects - a PE teacher who can help make up the shortfall in the maths department might be a bonus.
    Familiarising yourself with the GCSE PE syllabus would normally be advisable, but perhaps less of an issue if you're applying to middles.

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