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KS2/3 Trained Teachers- What were YOUR job prospects?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by JonnyEnglish123, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. So I'm going to be KS2/3 (7-14) trained in an English specialism. Quite a bit of my time on placement will be in Primary schools and I'm also planning on getting KS1 experience. I'd like to find out from teachers who are also trained in this Key stage (also those who are 7-11 trained) what their experiences were like when applying for posts after they graduated (particularly Primary posts). Was having a core curriculum subject specialism beneficial? I'd appreciate some professional opinions. Thanks.
     
  2. So I'm going to be KS2/3 (7-14) trained in an English specialism. Quite a bit of my time on placement will be in Primary schools and I'm also planning on getting KS1 experience. I'd like to find out from teachers who are also trained in this Key stage (also those who are 7-11 trained) what their experiences were like when applying for posts after they graduated (particularly Primary posts). Was having a core curriculum subject specialism beneficial? I'd appreciate some professional opinions. Thanks.
     
  3. Qualified in last few years
    Specialism totally ignored at all interviews! Was very lucky to get maternity cover which rolled into another one and eventually kept permanent. Most my friends were not as lucky, and many ended up on supply for a while. Most now settled, but not where/how they want. Very much take whatever you can and hope to do your NQT year in one place. I know one person who finished it after 3 years of chipping away in terms and even part time.
    Really is quite bad out there. I would like to move now but very few jobs are advertised as perm and it would be madness to give up a secure job for a 1 year post.
    Having said that teaching is simply for me the best job in the world. Make a good impression on placement and go the extra mile workwise - some students did get offered jobs by their placement schools.

    Good luck

    Penny M
     
  4. my specialism was ignored too (PE) though I mentioned it in every single interview I had! However in one interview I explained that I would have enjoyed doing an English specialism as I took English to A-level, blah blah, and in my feedback, they said that I should have made more of the fact that I was interested in English as it was a major point of interest being a core subject. One of my friends had English specialism and her school are training her up to take on Literacy co-ordinator straight after her NQT year - needless to say she is bricking it! Depends where you are as to how the job market is - my university town had ten or so jobs coming up every day (most of them permanent) but my home town maybe had ten jobs every two weeks so it's swings and roundabouts. I had eight interviews from around 30 applications and my NQT is a temp/perm/I don't know for a year lol. xx
     
  5. Sillow

    Sillow Senior commenter

    All three of my primary interviews were interested in my Music/Dance/PE skills and the willingness to lead extracurricular clubs.
     
  6. Thank you for your reply. I'm hoping that having a specialism will stand me in good stead. I fully intend to take whatever job comes up and will certainly not be fussy! I will be working extremely hard on placements and what I would really like to do is set up some kind of school club/ after school club which could be mentioned in my references. My University told me that quite a few students got offered jobs in their placement schools so I'm hoping that will happen to me too. I also hope that being an enthusiastic male (I was constantly told I was this at my interview) will help me with getting a Primary Job. Thanks again for your post. Good luck with your career.
     
  7. Thank you for your reply. I'm hoping that since my specialism is a core curriculum subject this will stand me in good stead. I don't want to put it across too much but I hope I will have a good chance as I am male and very enthusiastic about being a Primary teacher. I'd love to have as much responsibility as they give me! It sounds like you have a positive attitude and this will take you far. Even if you don't know the outcome of your NTQ year, you never know where it will lead! Thanks again and good luck with your career!
     
  8. That sounds great! How did they go? I'm also interested in doing extracurricular clubs and practical lessons through these mediums! Once observed a Dance lesson based on a poem the class was studying in English. Fantastic.
     
  9. Sillow

    Sillow Senior commenter

    I only applied for three jobs and got three interviews. I got offered two of the three and came second on the last one. I made it clear during each initial walkround, covering letter and interview that I would be prepared to run clubs (ran one in my first year, three last year, will run three this year) and thoroughly enjoy it. I'm PE co-ordinator and cover the music specialist whenever she's out.
    I found it a huge bonus in terms of getting a job. I don't get anything extra for it, but the clubs are often the highlight of my week!
     
  10. Great! Thanks for your help. It's a huge bonus getting help like that, to know what schools are looking for when applying for jobs. I can't wait to get my first placement and would really love to do clubs like you've done. Thanks for your help, you've really reassured me of my prospects. Thanks again and good luck with your career!
     
  11. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

    I trained for middle years (8-13) and qualified 33 years ago. My specialist subject was music and it has always helped me to get a job either as a visiting music teacher around several primary schools, as a class teacher in a primary school or in the post I was in for the longest as head of music in a middle school. I have always been involved in extra-curricular activities such as choir and instrumental groups.
    Good luck [​IMG]
     
  12. Thank you. It's such a shame to see the middle schools in decline. I would have loved to go into one, maybe I can one day. Just a quick question, just how short are Primary schools of male teachers? It seems that they account for perhaps 10% of primary teachers. I hope this will give me some kind of advantage when applying, I hope. Thanks for your reply.
     
  13. bump. I've been told that many schools look kindly upon these courses as they can have a teacher who can specialise in transition between Secondary and Primary. I live in the North where there aren't as many jobs as in the South. Where do posters live and how is the job market where they are for both sectors?
     

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