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Help! Can I do my NQT year in a primary school if I have a secondary PGCE in English?

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by emma_davis23, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. emma_davis23

    emma_davis23 New commenter


    Just wanting some advice! Am I able to apply for a primary teaching job even thought my pgce is in secondary English?
    I have lots of voluntary experience in primary schools and also completed a few weeks in a primary school on my PGCE but have decided that secondary really isn’t for me!
    I really want to change to primary can any one help?
  2. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    As far as I am aware there won’t be any problem, apart from being asked in interview why you want to change. You have trained as a teacher. Yes, you had a specialism and, yes, it was with a different age group, but the training was as a teacher. I trained in secondary History, but all my NQT work (apart from supply) has been teaching English. I have little doubt that a switch between age groups can be made as easily as a switch between subjects.
  3. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    Yes QTS allows you to teach at any phase and many teachers have moved into a phase they are not trained in. However you will need to demonstrate good knowledge of the primary curriculum in order to pass NQT induction. Having a core subject like English should help.
    agathamorse likes this.
  4. emma_davis23

    emma_davis23 New commenter

    Thank you that’s put my mind at ease a little!

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