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How do I use my qualification to get into teaching drama?

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by MacIrwin, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. Hi there,
    I have an HND qualification in Theatre and acting (performance) which also covered community teaching which I loved. It was a 2 year long course which I gained in my early twenties, since then I have spent 10 years working in my community teaching youth theatre, after school clubs, pre school theatre and drama and producing large scale productions based in my community for community children.
    I now would love to teach drama in schools (primary school level) but cannot find information anywhere about what to do next? I am 33 and cannot really afford to go the university route as I have to work. Also I can only find information on training to become a classroom teacher, but it is drama I wish to teach.
    Does anybody out there know where I can go next? I know I have to gain QTS, but I cannot do this without proper qualifications (ie a degree) and I cannot afford to go back to uni)
    I have looked at the RTP scheme, but there are few opportunities for this in Surrey and again it all seems to be for classroom based teaching.
    does anybody have information to help me move forward on this?
    Thank you

     
  2. Hi there,
    I have an HND qualification in Theatre and acting (performance) which also covered community teaching which I loved. It was a 2 year long course which I gained in my early twenties, since then I have spent 10 years working in my community teaching youth theatre, after school clubs, pre school theatre and drama and producing large scale productions based in my community for community children.
    I now would love to teach drama in schools (primary school level) but cannot find information anywhere about what to do next? I am 33 and cannot really afford to go the university route as I have to work. Also I can only find information on training to become a classroom teacher, but it is drama I wish to teach.
    Does anybody out there know where I can go next? I know I have to gain QTS, but I cannot do this without proper qualifications (ie a degree) and I cannot afford to go back to uni)
    I have looked at the RTP scheme, but there are few opportunities for this in Surrey and again it all seems to be for classroom based teaching.
    does anybody have information to help me move forward on this?
    Thank you

     
  3. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    Primary schools don't have drama teachers, but classroom teachers who cover the whole range of subjects from maths to art, english to PE. So you wouldn't be able to teach just drama and you wouldn't be able to teach at all without QTS. As you have said, the only route to this for those without a degree is through the RTP but you wouldn't find one in primary just for drama ( and I doubt you would even find one in secondary as drama isn't really a shortage subject)
    The only option you would have currently is to offer drama workshops, after school clubs or possibly PPA cover ( although you would probably be expected to have QTS for the latter) to schools in your area. To be honest,and sorry for being so blunt but there is almost no possibility of you being able to become a drama teacher in primary.
     
  4. Hi
    It is great to hear that you are so enthusiastic about becoming a drama teacher. It certainly sounds like you have plenty of useful experience.
    If you wish to become a fully qualified teacher, but are unable to complete a degree, the Registered Teacher Programme (RTP) really would be your best option. You can search for courses in your area via the following link on the TDA website:
    www.tda.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/funding/training-in-england/employment-based-training.aspx
    If you wish to teach at primary level you would need to train as a primary teacher. You may then be able to specialise in teaching drama at primary level after you have qualified. To specialise in drama whilst you undertake your teacher training, you would need to do secondary drama.
    You could also consider working as an instructor, or a peripatetic drama teacher. These would be temporary teaching positions that would not require you to hold QTS. If you are interested in this option you should contact local schools directly to see if there are any opportunities available.
    I hope this information is useful, and I wish you the very best in your future career.
     

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