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Is it possible to retrain from teaching English to History?

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by kristaltina, Oct 27, 2015.

  1. kristaltina

    kristaltina New commenter

    I have taught English for over ten years and would like to teach History at secondary level? Is it possible to do this in school without doing something like a PGCE? Has anyone else done this, or know how to go about this please? Any advice gratefully received. Thank you!
     
  2. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    Have you considered doing a Masters in History (perhaps through the Open University)? The main difficulty is proving subject knowledge in the first instance, then you could look further into perhaps making a transition, but others more experienced than me could help with that.

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  3. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    You can teach anything that the head is prepared to let you teach and don't need a different teaching qualification. Think about what you'd say by way of 'persuasion'.

    Do you have any relevant qualification in history, e.g. joint honours wIth your English degree? Or simply an A level? If neither you'll find it hard to persuade your present head to let you teach history (assuming there's a timetable gap, of course - she/he certainly isn't going to shove the existing specialists aside to make way for you) and impossible to persuade the head of a different school, were you to apply for a history post.

    If it's merely an interest in history and you've no degree or even A level, Sabrinakat's suggestion of undertaking a part- time degree in history is probably your next step.
     
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  4. muso2

    muso2 Established commenter Community helper

    I've taught lots of subjects that I didn't train for over the years, if my timetable has been under allocation. Including year 11 history as it happens.

    If you talk to your hod, head of history, head or deputy in charge of cpd (you will know who is most appropriate in your school, possibly all), about your long term plans, they may consider including some history on your timetable next year. In the meantime, you might be able to fit in some regular observations in history and asking for some resources and reading to do.

    If you then enjoyed it and found you wanted to apply for history jobs in the future, you would have some relevant experience.
     

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