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Ex-2ndry / SEN Teacher (left in 2010) career options/advice.

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by m56phil, Nov 9, 2015.

  1. m56phil

    m56phil New commenter

    Hello everyone, this is my first posting on this forum. I am former teacher who left the profession in 2010. Reason being is mainly down to the recession and cutbacks. I am 2ndry trained but also done a lot of SEN and worked a bit in primary also. I worked a 50/50 mix of supply and local authority contracts.

    Currently I work in Autistic adult social care, I do enjoy it but the pay isn't great and there is very little scope to develop. I have reached a stage where I want to move on. I would consider possibly going back teaching but would prefer possibly part time and maybe primary/SEN. Secondary is ok, but to be honest the behaviour (after 8 years) was getting me down abit.

    Basically, are there any barriers to me returning to teaching?

    What about a primary job?
    Could I consider working as a HLTA as a "restart"???
    What other career options are available???

    I have been looking at other jobs (in teaching and even social care) but so MANY are temporary, not-pensionable etc..

    Would be very grateful if people could give me some advice or hints and tips etc.

    Many thanks PHIL :)
     
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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    Hullo there Phil, and welcome to our forum.

    A couple of questions first:

    What was your subject when teaching secondary?
    Do you have any SEN qualifications?
    Whereabouts in the country are you?

    These will have an impact on your career direction.

    Best wishes

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  3. m56phil

    m56phil New commenter

    Hi Theo, many thanks for your quick response. Ok, my secondary subject was Geography which I did at mostly Ks3-Ks4. I also did a lot of KS3 in other subjects namely History, Maths, biology and French. I do not have any SEN qualifications per se. However, I do have a lot of experience, though to be honest would like to avoid EBD stuff as 'been there- done that' to be honest.

    I live in the north west of England. Chester area....any tips or advice would be useful. Many thanks! :)
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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    My first comment is that NW has been a difficult area for Primary posts . . . And part-time posts are in general like gold dust, as they tend to come up when a FT teacher returns from maternity, and often go to the supply teacher that the school knows who has been angling for that.

    All perfectly legal, by the way - a school is not legally obliged to advertise if they have a known suitable candidate.

    You are not going to be very pleased with my tips and comments . . . because they are not going to solve your problem, I'm afraid.

    You have been out of teaching for 5 years. You are not currently going to be very unemployable unless you apply to secondary schools in the run-down areas of Liverpool who get few applicants for teaching posts. There your timetable flexibility would be welcomed too.

    Your flexible timetable however is not unfortunately heavily maths-science based, which would make it easier to gain employment despite the big gap. But Geography is a Ebacc subject, so that is useful.

    You need recent references and recent experience. You seem currently to have NO Primary experience . . . and no recent Secondary experience. The only way to get either recent Secondary or any Primary experience is by supply teaching, which is not going to give you a guaranteed income.

    Your best hope might be to hang on and see if the Govt responds to the Teacher Shortage Crisis (is there one or isn't there one?) by re-establishing the Return to Teaching courses.

    Read their current Return to Teaching information, it may be helpful.

    And have you considered . . . independent Prep schools? Teaching the 8-13 year olds?

    An overview of the Independent sector

    Independent Sector FAQs


    But getting relevant recent experience is going to be important there too . . .

    Hope this is helpful.

    Best wishes

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