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KS 2/3 .......the dilemna......Secondary or primary?!?!?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by GarrySullivan, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. Just wondered if I could trouble you good people and see if anybody else is having a similar dilemna. My degree will enable me to teach both primary and lower secondary but having had experience of both (on placement) I am finding myself torn and constantly distracted by my irrational worry over making a choice.
    Still got a year to go, but in reality I will hopefully be applying for jobs by Christmas of this year.
    Any thoughts peeps?
     
  2. Just wondered if I could trouble you good people and see if anybody else is having a similar dilemna. My degree will enable me to teach both primary and lower secondary but having had experience of both (on placement) I am finding myself torn and constantly distracted by my irrational worry over making a choice.
    Still got a year to go, but in reality I will hopefully be applying for jobs by Christmas of this year.
    Any thoughts peeps?
     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Having trained as Jun/Sec. myself (yes there used to be such a thing) I understand the dilemma.
    For me it comes down to ;is it the subject or the children which is the main focus that I enjoy? I know the students are important in both, but at Sec. level the focus is much more on the requirements of the exams, whereas in Primary we see the children across the complete range of subjects, really get to know them better as people and socialisation/ getting on with their peers etc features much more than in Sec.
    Best 'middle road' is of course Middle schools where they still exist! Best of both worlds get to really know the children and have a chance to teach one's specialist subject.
     
  4. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

    I trained for Middle Years and was lucky enough to teach in a Middle School for many years (I did 'retire', but I'm back there with a tiny p/t job now!). I loved being able to specialise in my subject, but also to have the more traditional class time too when I wasn't teaching that.
    It must come down to a matter of personal choice. For me, I'd go with Primary if I had to choose (I have taught in primary schools too so do have that experience), but I do know other teachers in the school would definitely head to Secondary. Consider the two ends of the age range - teachers are employed to teach in the year group determined by the head teacher, so you are not guaranteed to always stay in Upper KS2 in a Primary or KS3 in a Secondary. How would you feel if you had to move in either direction? Would you be best with KS1 or KS4?
     
  5. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    Further to marlin's comments; you can only really guarantee teaching in KS2 if you only apply for jobs in junior schools.
    And, remember, Y3 children are still really just infants when they first appear in the juniors. Still lots of patting teachers going on in Y3. What is it with all the patting? I've said this before, but I have loads of respect for Y3 teachers. The transition from infants to juniors should never be underestimated. Nor should all of the patting.
     
  6. paulie86

    paulie86 New commenter

    I have a middle years PGCE and have been lucky enough to work in middle schools too. (they really are the best schools) I taught my subject for the first year, taught my subject and a couple of others in my second year, a bigger variety in my third year (across yrs 5-8) I now teach most things, but only to Year 6. My school closes this year and I have opted for Primary, but am bricking it. I love teaching both! I miss the KS3 already this year, but at least they are still knocking around!
     

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