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moving from primary to secondary MFL?

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by Gila, May 7, 2011.

  1. Hi I'm wondering if anybody could give me advice on whether an application from me for a secondary MFL post would be considered by schools. I have a degree in Modern Languages and got a First. I'm middle years trained (PGCE) with specialism MFL (so one of my PGCE placements was in a secondary school) and I'm a native speaker. I completed my induction over two maternity leave covers, but in primary schools. I am now looking for that elusive permanent post, and find that it's very very difficult in the primary sector to even get shortlisted. Also, although I love teaching at primary, I've been disappointed to find that MFL at primary level really is a sideline and I didn't get to teach much French at all. I'm passionate about teaching, and particularly about language teaching, and desperate to find a position. Would secondary schools consider me? Do I have a chance? How could I 'sell' my primary experience to make it sound a bonus? Any advice gratefully received, even if it's negative.... at least that would save me a lot of time writing applications :)
  2. funambule

    funambule New commenter

    I would most certainly apply for secondary; you are very well qualified. Do you have a second language to offer?
    There are currently a lot of jobs on offer; schools are gearing up for the E-bac.
    There are a couple of vacancies in my LA I think- where are you based?
    Bonne chance!
  3. Canteloube

    Canteloube New commenter

  4. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    I would absolutely echo what everyone else has said. I think it's important that secondary colleagues get to see what primary children can do in MFL and how they are taught. You would bring fresh ideas to a secondary department and give them lots of ideas for how to teach incoming Y7s so as to ensure smooth progression from Y6 to Y7.
    Best of luck! (from someone who went from secondary to primary!) [​IMG]
  5. thanks everybody for all the encouraging advice! Will start writing that application letter..... and let you know if I hear from them.

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