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FE to Secondary

Discussion in 'Further Education' started by blueskiesmev, Jul 6, 2019.

  1. blueskiesmev

    blueskiesmev New commenter

    Hello everyone,

    I'm currently a GCSE maths resit teacher (also FS, some A Level and engineering maths units) and considering a switch to secondary.

    I've been in my role for a while now and fancy a change.

    I've visited a school (not applied) and they seemed very keen and interested that I might like to teach physics as well (due to my degree).

    Obviously I have some apprehension about moving to a school because of stories about behaviour and workload etc.

    I have QTLS, any advice/information would be appreciated.
  2. creeves3

    creeves3 New commenter

    I moved from secondary to FE - not because I didn't like secondary but was relocating and looking for a part-time post which happened to come up in an FE college nearby.

    I have found FE a lot easier in terms of workload, I literally just teach and have a tutor group. I am not working nearly as long as a used to. This might be because the college I am at has excellent support systems so I am not dealing with all the extra stuff non-teaching stuff you get in a school. I was at a particularly challenging inner-city school, I am sure not all secondary schools are so intense. We had many, many meetings each week and were dealing with a lot of student issues like behaviour, detentions and parental meetings.

    However, I have also found that FE doesn't have the same sense of community and teamwork you get in a school. I miss the energy and atmosphere of a secondary school - never a dull moment! Plus the age range 11-16 keeps things interesting. Only teaching 16-19 can be a little boring. However, your behaviour management strategies need to be on point in secondary and you need to have lots of positive behaviour strategies - don't expect them to just do as you say because you are telling them to! If you are willing to be open-minded and take on a new challenge, secondary is incredibly rewarding. I would consider returning in the future, but at the moment I find FE a lot more flexible in terms of part-time work.

    I also think there are more career progression opportunities within secondary, particularly for a good physics teacher!
    MathMan1 likes this.

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