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Making the transition from secondary to primary

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by apmcarthur, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. I have been thinking about my career a lot recently... And I've been drawn in a huge way towards primary teaching. I have a computing degree and completed a 11-19 PGCE. Is it possible for me to move towards primary and if so - How? Sorry to trouble you folks with this... I rarely post... But so many people offer such great advice I thought I'd ask. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. I have been thinking about my career a lot recently... And I've been drawn in a huge way towards primary teaching. I have a computing degree and completed a 11-19 PGCE. Is it possible for me to move towards primary and if so - How? Sorry to trouble you folks with this... I rarely post... But so many people offer such great advice I thought I'd ask. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
  3. I was literally about to write the same post. I am really torn between the two, and was wondering about the possibilities of training in primary and doing 10 or so years in Primary, and then post early years parenting move onto secondary.

    Can you move from primary to secondary without redoing your teacher training?

    Is it possible to have a Primary PGCE and then apply for a Secondary PGCE?

    I can't seem to find any information about it.

    Sorry to hijack...but it is basically the same question!! Hopefully we can find some answers!!
     
  4. Hijack all you like... There's some very knowledgeable people on here who really know their stuff - Hopefully we get a response
     
  5. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    A PGCE basically allows you to teach any age range-primary or secondary-without the need for
    any further training or qualifications.
    Actually getting a post will be a completely different matter!
     
  6. CarrieV any idea about what the situation is with the GTP? Is this the same qualification to teach any age group?
     
  7. ScienceGuy

    ScienceGuy Occasional commenter

    It is possible to switch from one to the other and is generally easier to move from primary to secondary (especially if you are in a shortage subject). The qualification is not a problem but you would be competing against cheaper options who have more relevant training. As, for most of the country, there seems to be a glut of primary teachers around, it would need an outstanding application to get a job.
    That said, looking at the report on the future of the national curriculum there seems to be a desire to get more specialist teaching in KS2 (particularly Yr 5 and 6) and if you offer a core subject it may become easier in a couple of years.
     
  8. paulie86

    paulie86 New commenter

    This is old hat now. Many good male teachers in closing middle schools near me have failed to secure jobs (even in first schools with no men!)
     

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