They are two roles in teaching you just can't compare - Foundation teaching is heavily focused on child development issues including socialization, and requires a teacher trained in this area for truly effective teaching, whereas I would hope A-level teaching IS precisely about subject knowledge and requires a similarly 'expert' teacher in that respect and a completely different approach. You have rather assumed that primary teachers are less academic than secondary or A-level teachers. That's not true in my experience - Astrophysics from Cambridge anybody for example? How useful is that in primary school? Not reallybut the teacher is highly effective with FOundation children. I'm never quite sure why posters try and open up this argument of 'we are better than you'. Teaching gets enough bashing from the tabloids, politicians and public that surely we don't need to do it to each other? I can't see what anyone has to gain from it, except perhaps shoring up inner insecurities? We all have different approaches, different skills, different interests and different aims, yet we are all complementary parts of this wonderful, life changing thing called education; without one part, the whole would not be complete and the children would lose out. So let's drop the division seeking and points scoring.