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Dear James- Subject Specialism

Discussion in 'Primary' started by kcoleman22, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. Dear James, I am in my final year of a primary BEd and we have been asked to give our preferences for subject specialism. Is there a subject that I could choose that would make me more employable? Is it better to go with a subject you already have lots of knowledge about or a subject that I would like to develop?
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated
  2. Go for whatever you enjoy and are interested in.
    Subject specialism at Uni actually means very little when applying for jobs/teaching.
    I did my specialism in English and then further specialism in Drama. I have worked as an ICT and PE coordinator, and as a music specialist in school.
    If you don't do something you enjoy then you will just make your last year difficult for no reason at all.
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Don't know who James is. I don't think we have a particluar person on this forum but hope this is of some help.
    1 I can't believe you'd been left to make that decision so late!
    2 In Primary teaching one has to teach right across the curriculum, which is obiously what you've done up till now so your choice of specialism is generally a subject you'd like, yourself, to pursue in greater depth.
    When it comes to the actual job you may, or may not, have to 'lead' that subject in your school.
    Until recently ICT was good specialism for Primary teachers but the government may soon be changing the goalposts on that one. Music is always needed, especially if you play an instrument (for assemblies). But the same could be said for almost every subject, Maths, English, RE, PE etc. etc.So my advice is to go with one you'd enjoy- the main aim is to pursue a subject to a higher level for your own education, not because you'll be needed to tach it at an equivalent high level- if that makes sense!
  4. Ditto that - I think I've been in charge of nearly everything at one time or another (which seeing as I haven't worked in Primary that long is a bit of an acheivement! lol).
    You either look for a job where they are actively seeking a person to co-ordinate that subject, or (the more likely) you look for jobs in general, apply, get it and they ask you to do any subject that they need (ie the Music Co-ordinator just left, you can do that please) or the very nice situation (imho) that you see a job you are interested in, and when you get the job spec it turns out they actually want someone who is your subject! Easy application and happy days.
    Just pick a subject you love :)

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