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English Teaching

Discussion in 'English' started by redstrawberry, May 17, 2011.

  1. Hi Everyone,
    I have posted an adapted version of this message on the FE forum, but it seems to be rather quite over there, so I thought I would try here in the subject - specific forum. I am on the verge of graduating, subject to having successfully completed the oustanding assignments. I am interested in a career in teaching, especially in FE (`16 - 18 year olds) and Adult Education. For this purpose, I wonder whether I would need to take a PGCE or some other type of qualification. I know that I may need to apply for jobs in secondary schools if there is a lack of opportunities in the sector.
    Many thanks for any advice you can offer.
  2. Facetious

    Facetious New commenter

    If you are likely to only ever teach in FE, you might not need to go the way of the PGCE. However, you will need to follow that route if there is any chance of you wanting to teach in secondary schools. Knowing what the job market is like at the moment, I would choose PGCE as it seems to allow for more options.
  3. Hi, I completed a PGCE PCET after I finished my degree.This was a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training therefore I am qualified to teach students beyond the age of compulsory education.
    Since completing my PCET I have worked in secondary schools, purely because FE jobs are non existant and now I am re-training via a SCITT GTP to obtain full QTS (PCET only gives you QTLS - Qualified trainer and lecturer status)
    I have successfully obtained two jobs - both in secondary education despite my "unqulified" status however you will always be paid much less than qualified teachers and you are at more risk of being made redundant or not obtaining a permenant contract.
    Personally I have now reached the decision that I would like to remain teaching secondary and now want my QTS, on reflection I think I should have maybe applied for a PGCE but at the time I had no intention of teaching KS3 and KS4.
    Its up to you which route you prefare and I loved my PCET however it has not provided all the tools I have needed.
    Hope this helps you - if not sorry for wasting your time


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