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Dear James - Completely lost and confused on primary placement!

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by H26714, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. H26714

    H26714 New commenter

    Dear James

    I am almost at the end of my first term on a 3 year BA (Hons) Primary Education QTS degree. And I'm struggling.

    I always considered teaching, from the age of about 14, and automatically assumed it was in a primary setting as that was where my mum was and so where I got lots of experience. I never considered secondary. Until last year, when I spent the entire 2010-2011 academic year working full time in a secondary boarding school. And I loved it. Now, I didn't do any classroom teaching, so didn't have the stress of lesson plans or marking, but I worked very hard and felt rewarded when i left with many memories of individual pupil's triumphs.

    I really struggled at the beginning of my course. I was told it would get better once I got onto placement I'd see that Primary is where I should be. Now, I've been on placement for 1 week, and I'm still no more confident that this is where I should be.

    By now you're thinking, right! Ok! Switch to a subject based degree and then do a PGCE! But I can't. Well, I'm not sure I can anyway. I started 2 academic years prior to this at university, and although 1 of those years only lasted 1 week before I withdrew for personal reasons, I will only receive a limited amount of student loan. And I don't want to pay £9000 per year.

    I want to know what my options are. I know that 1 of them is to suck it up and hope that everything gets better and that I fall back in love with primary. Are there any other training options? Can I work as a teaching assistant and then slowly work my way up? I'm concerned that this is my last chance at university and I might be blowing it.

    If I do just stick at it for 3 years, am I able to switch to secondary teaching once I have QTS? I know that technically I am able, because I will be qualified, but realistically is it possible?


  2. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I can't see any indication of what subject you'd propose to teach in secondary - that would heavily influence the viability of your attempting to get a secondary teaching job as a primary specialist.
    It's not impossible, however.

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