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Dear James Switiching PGCE

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by Alec2005, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. It's very, very rare for a trainee to be allowed to switch from Secondary to Primary with the same training provider or vice versa. They have separate requirements, recruitment policies and funding, and you normally have to withdraw from your course and apply afresh through GTTR.
    What makes you think you are suited to Primary? Do you have extensive experience in primary school and working with that age group? Why didn't you decide between the two phases before applying for Secondary?
    Remember Primary is even more competitive for entry, and you'll be up against excellent candidates with extensive experience, such as working as TA for years in primary. So there is no guarantee you get a place, and the fact that you've withdrawn from one PGCE will make them wary of you.
    I still think the best way is to continue with your present course (it's only one year after all), pass it and serve induction, and then look for opportunities for primary teaching. You can gain further experience through supply, and working in transition in secondary school gives you valuable experience with younger pupils and their needs. And your specialist subject is the one that all schools look for, as a core subject.
  2. As mentioned above very few providers would consider a complete switch from secondary to pirmary as the entry requirements will differ a lot.
    You need to discuss with your tutor how you feel and what has prompted the thoughts of change. You will most likely need to gain primary experience and be reinterviewed for any change and it would not be guaranteed. Do talk to your tutor.
  3. Hello guys

    Thanks for all of the advice. I spoke to my tutor and she also said I can't make a straight switch, instead I have to withdraw and then reapply for Primary. I get the feeling that she thinks I would be better off staying on the course and after NQT year gaining experience in Primary if it's still definitely what I want (which I know it is). She said the competition is fierceand I will have a hard time from the interviewers since I already started a Secondary PGCE and I'll be up against some people with 5 years experience in Primary as a TA so very competitive. She let me know that since I'm a Chemistry PGCE student, when it comes to me making the switch, at that point I will be more desirable than if I left the PGCE now.
    I really hope she is right. What do you guys think?
  4. So your tutor echoes what I and other respondents have said about your plan. I too think, as I've said, it's best to persevere and get your QTS (and serve your induction) and then switch to primary through supply, transition etc. Or you can apply for a job in a Middle School, which gives you the best of both worlds - teaching your specialist subject in KS2 and KS3, while doing primary teaching in KS2.

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