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For Secondary Headteachers / SLT

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by Onoona, Jun 7, 2020.


Would you hire a primary teacher (with a QTS & degree in Primary Education) as a subject teacher?

  1. Definitely

    2 vote(s)
  2. Yes - with a MA or other degree

    0 vote(s)
  3. Yes - with other training certificates

    1 vote(s)
  4. No

    1 vote(s)
  5. Other

    1 vote(s)
  1. Onoona

    Onoona New commenter

    Hi all,

    Hope you are keeping well - just a quick question for current secondary headteachers.

    I am going to hold QTS with a BA in Primary Education but have always considered secondary as an option for teaching. As QTS enables you to essentially work with any age, what additional training would you expect a primary qualified teacher to have to teach a specific subject? Or would you not consider them? I would complete my NQT year (and possibly develop further years of experience) in primary.

    I have been looking into courses on Religious Education but would like to know sooner rather than later if it is a 'waste of time' so to speak! Just want to know in what circumstances (additional course, proof of additional training, MA degree?) you would consider a primary teacher application for a secondary subject specific role (not EAL/SEN etc).

  2. install

    install Star commenter

    I am not an ht, but you can do a quick Conversion type Course that enables you teach a specialist subject in Secondary if you need to.
  3. sooooexcited

    sooooexcited Established commenter

    I wouldn't recommend specialising in RE if you want to move to secondary. To stand a chance with no secondary training, you'd be better having a shortage subject.
  4. becky70

    becky70 Occasional commenter

    One vote only and that person says no! I'd be interested to know their reasons.
  5. strawbs

    strawbs Established commenter

    middle schools could be a half way house if you live in one of the (few) areas that still has them
  6. ABCDETeacher

    ABCDETeacher New commenter

    I'm not a secondary HT either but I think this depends on a few key questions:
    1) Any qualifications in RE? (E.g. A-Level)
    2) What do you want to teach?
    3) Any experience working with secondary students?

    If you've got an A-Level in a shortage subject (Maths, Physics, Languages etc.) and could spend a little time on supply to get some secondary experience then I'd say you stand a chance.

    If you're wanting to teach RE, I'll be honest I think you might struggle with your qualifications. An MA would boost your chances, but you'd still be up against subject specialists, often with secondary experience, and crucially with experience managing behaviour at 11-16. If you desperately want to teach RE then I think you'd need to do an MA and then spend a year or two on supply gaining some secondary level experience before you would stand any chance of getting shortlisted for interviews.

    Sorry if this isn't what you wanted to hear.

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