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I am a trained Secondary School Teacher, is it possible to become a Primary School Teacher?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Lara mfl 05, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Not what you want to hear, but there is a glut of unemployed trained Primary teachers, with whom you would be competing.
    How could you demonstrate your ability to teach all subjects across the full curriculum range? You would need to show some evidence of working with children in the Primary age range, so you might care to look at doing some volunteer work.
    What aspecst of Primary teaching most attract you? You need to have a good answer to this should you be invited to interview.
    No, no courses necessary at present as there are already too many trained people.
  2. This is asked every other day, or at the very least once a week, so if people get a little short with their replies don't take it personally. Do a search for lots and lots and lots of responses with lots of info in.
    The crux of the matter is, if you have QTS you can teach primary, there isn't a course you can do to convert as it were, but you will have to convince a flooded primary teacher market that you, a non-specialist, are better than someone with experience in the age range. Added to which, you've only just qualified so your applications may also well be met with the question didn't you know you wanted to teach primary a few months ago and if so why did you do the course you did, is it because you couldn't get onto a Primary PGCE? If so, why not? (I'm not actually asking, I'm being devil's advocate here and telling you what some heads might think). The fact that you're not even KS3 will make it even harder for you- I did a lot of KS2 G&T schemes alongside my KS3/4/5 work, even though I had responsibiltiy for KS5 within my school before I wanted to make the move over a few years back.
    So prepare yourself for a bit of a battle, if you are in a supply rich area (look, a flying pig!) do supply and try to land a long term sick or maternity post to get a foot in the door and go from there. Good luck :)

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