1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Hi Guest, welcome to the TES Community!

    Connect with like-minded professionals and have your say on the issues that matter to you.

    Don't forget to look at the how to guide.

    Dismiss Notice

Moving from Secondary to Primary

Discussion in 'Primary' started by jamespsims, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. Hi All,

    I wanted to ask what about the feasibility of moving from my role as a secondary school teacher to becoming a primary school teacher. I know I am obviously qualfied but in term of training and being taken into consideration to teach KS2, I was curious as to people's thoughts.

    I am also a middle leader (Head of Year) and wondered what type of similar positions might exist within Primary schools.

    thanks for reading and hopefully thanks for helping.

    James
     
  2. Hi All,

    I wanted to ask what about the feasibility of moving from my role as a secondary school teacher to becoming a primary school teacher. I know I am obviously qualfied but in term of training and being taken into consideration to teach KS2, I was curious as to people's thoughts.

    I am also a middle leader (Head of Year) and wondered what type of similar positions might exist within Primary schools.

    thanks for reading and hopefully thanks for helping.

    James
     
  3. wordsworth

    wordsworth Senior commenter

    I would imagine that it's pretty much the same ****, but the kids are shorter
     
  4. No Wordsworth it is loads easier... all the children are delightful and keen and just want to paint all day! That's what I tell all my secondary mates!
     
  5. paulie86

    paulie86 New commenter

    [​IMG] LOL
     
  6. paulie86

    paulie86 New commenter

    It is dooable, but hard. There is usually a thread asking this question each week, so if you do a search you should find plenty of info. Most people get in by doing supply work in primaries first.

    Some larger schools have Head of Key Stage, but this (if they have one) are usually much smaller TLRs than in secondary.
     
  7. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    If you are asking about the possibility of moving AS a Head of Year/key Stage ( or indeed any position with a TLR) I would forget it[​IMG] Effectively you would be starting again from the bottom-with the added disadvantage of being expensive too! But it can be done, as Paulie says, through supply work or Transition work with Year 7's enabling you to get a foot in the door, or using a specialism in demand in Primary.
     
  8. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Totally agree with this. I did it a while ago and moved from middle school to primary. It is a total nightmare trying to get any kind of post, not a hope of a promoted one.

    Yes it can be done, I did supply for a few years first but you have to able to afford that pay cut. then you get a post and it drives you nuts cos everything you have ever done before is largely ignored...it wasn't primary so it doesn't count.
     
  9. Supply work??? What's that? HLTAs cover absenses in most schools now. 4.5 days work since September.
    When it was available, I worked a maternity leave and my parallel year group teacher had moved from secondary to primary - working y4 and she loved it. I met her again when on daily supply and found that after 3 years as a class teacher she had been promoted to a leadership role.
    Would there be any possibility of taking a leave of absense to shadow a primary teacher?
     
  10. Don't forget
    * there is a massive over supply of primary applicants.
    * You are very expensive compared to an NQT... but you effectively will be at their experience level in primary.
    * You will have to plan for and teach at 0.9 across the whole curriculum, without the luxury of using all your accumulated resources and those lessons you can do from "your head" without much planning.
     
  11. paulie86

    paulie86 New commenter

    ooh this will be me too in September, every member of staff with a TLR who has gone primary has took a demotion.
     

Share This Page