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Dear James- Which sector should I go for?

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by JonnyEnglish123, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. I know I have mentioned my situation before on the TES. I'm on an English Key Stage 2/3 course. I was talking the other day to one of my class tutors and they asked me which sector I would most likely be going for, Primary or Secondary. I said I liked the idea of Primary and they simply muttered 'oh, quite difficult'. Now it's got me thinking that although the course is good, should I be more focused on going for Secondary posts rather than Primary posts after I graduate? Are Secondary English posts difficult to come by? I know Primary attracts roughly 100 applicants per post, but what about Secondary English? I'm in the North West but am quite happy to move for the right school.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. Apparently if you are primary qualified you can teach KS3 in secondaries in your subject without further qualifications but this doesnt work the other way round. This may be important info for you perhaps?
  3. It is slightly different in my case. i'm qualified for both, I just have specialised in KS3. I'm trained in KS4 & 5 as well. KS1 too in fact. I can work in any sector.
  4. Once you gain QTS you are 'qualified' to teach that's it, QTS is not linked to either your subject or age range in which you trained - there are some exceptions (e.g. trying to teach science or technology with no understanding of H+S is not recommended and schools generally will not appoint you).
    From the experiences of the trainees on the Sussex KS2-3 courses, many fluctuate between primary and secondary as they experience the different phases. Most decide on one or the other and some are swayed by job offers.
    Only you can decide where ytour true heart lies in teaching. Yes, you need to consider the jobs market, but ultimately you need to discover the right school for you. If ypou simply go for a job and its not the phase or school for you life becomes difficult (not impossible). There is time to go yet, so keep an eye on the market in your area and compile a list of schools that you feel are the 'right' sort of schools for you (not just subject/age range) but also area, travelling distance, type of school - state, academy, private etc.
  5. Thank you for your help. I have been speaking to people around the local area and have heard that the course is becoming increasingly respected due to the flexibility of graduates as you said! A colleague of mine also said today that getting yourself known on placements is very important (which I know) and that employment for the course has been consistently high for the last 3 years. Again, thanks for your help.

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