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Is becoming a qualified teacher a disadvantage to securing roles?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by PatiencePeace, Jan 29, 2020.

  1. PatiencePeace

    PatiencePeace New commenter

    The reason I am asking is because I have seen members of this forum saying roles are being given to newly qualified graduates or unqualified teachers who teach without a qts which can be done if you go through the pgce route only without a qts because they are poorly paid which saves schools money in the long run.

    Now I am on my way to hopefully to begin becoming qualified. Is this a disadvantage to job prospects in the UK and abroad?
  2. agathamorse

    agathamorse Senior commenter

    If you want to work abroad or work in good schools here and seek pay progression then you need QTS.

    Unqualified teachers are paid far less. Not all schools will employ them and you need QTS for a lot of teaching jobs and for all overseas teaching jobs.
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  3. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    It is not different to other professions. Would someone being a qualified engineer (e.g. MIET) be a disadvantage? Some companies employ engineers that are not as qualified, because they are cheaper and they don't always need people with the particular skills they have. Having professional status doesn't preclude them from applying for those sort of roles assuming they want a lower skilled job/worse conditions/less pay. Not having professional status though will stop them from applying for many jobs.

    Also ask yourself, would you want to work in a place of employment that did not want their employees to be as skilled as possible?
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  4. speaker2

    speaker2 New commenter

    If you want to be a teacher, then get qualified. Reputable schools everywhere SHOULD prefer qualified teachers as their first choice for a teacher position. I know that independent schools can hire experts as teachers , who are not technically qualified teachers, but I would strongly advise that anyone who is serious about having a professional career as a teacher gets full, qualified teacher status first.
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