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Moving from CE to GCSE /A level teaching

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by primaryMFL, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. primaryMFL

    primaryMFL New commenter

    Dear all,

    Having made the leap and joined a preparatory school (3-13) in the London area at Christmas, I have begun to consider potential career progression in the future (3 years+). I am sure Headship is not something which interests me but, after finally securing a post teaching MFL after 10 years in the primary state sector and loving specialising in languages, I wondered what the chances of ever moving to teach GCSE/A-level French (with Spanish) are? I have QTS with a PGCE in primary with a French specialism but my degree was in French (with 1 year of Spanish) and I have kept both languages up to what I consider near native.

    Obviously, I would need to build up several years of teaching CE/scholarship but do people think senior schools would ever consider someone with my experience? I plan to tutor GCSE/A-level French over the holidays to gain knowledge of the curriculum and I have previously taught EFL to 11-18 year olds in summer school.

    Many thanks,

  2. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Definitely! You're already teaching KS3, so have a foot in the door. Blimey, some NQTs are thrown into the deep end with GCSE classes! And you're a near native speaker? You'll be snapped up in no time.
    Bonne chance!
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  3. primaryMFL

    primaryMFL New commenter

    Merci mille fois! I obviously don't want to run before I can walk but am really loving teaching just MFL and would love to make a career of it long term as I gain more experience.

    I just didn't know how senior schools would view the fact I was only primary trained but I guess QTS doesn't restrict us as long as I can prove I've got the subject knowledge and teaching skills
  4. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Correct. The key thing is, you're a languages graduate AND a qualified teacher.
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