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Moving from secondary to primary?

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by Bsprout, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. Bsprout

    Bsprout New commenter

    When I started teacher training 12 years ago I decided to go into secondary teaching as logistically it would be easy to find a job - which it has been (and I love it). However, I have always had a yearning to teach at a primary school. I'm not sure if this is just a case of 'grass is always greener', or me looking back fondly at my own children when they were primary age and still sweet and innocent. I am sure there are less primary jobs around and people a lot of the workplace dilemmas posted seem to be from primary teachers which implies that it is perhaps more demanding than secondary teaching, but I still have that yearning.
    Is it even possible to move from secondary to primary?
     
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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    Yes it IS possible. Your QTS is valid for all ages of children from 5 to 18. But possible does not actually equate with probable, I'm afraid.

    The good news is that there is an increase in the number of primary pupils, now already, and also in the pipeline. So an increase in demand for teachers.

    The bad news is that this is not so in all parts of the country, and over the last few years there has been somewhat of a glut of primary teachers. In some areas schools were receiving 100 or 200 applicants for a post! This has now calmed down, and in some parts of the SE it is single figures.

    But even if a school gets only 7 applicants, the other six are likely to be primary trained and primary experienced. A Head is more likely to consider them as best able to provide what the pupils need.

    And how about you? Could you teach everything? Well, almost everything - P.E. and Music are usually specialist. But everything else in the curriculum? Do you even know what the curriculum is . . .

    It can, however be done. People do manage to move to Primary. But usually they do it by doing Primary supply for some time, to get experience that will give a Head confidence in them.

    Financially that is somewhat risky, of course.

    Good luck!

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  3. Bsprout

    Bsprout New commenter

    Thank you Theo - I had considered doing supply to get the experience, but as you say, I will need to look at the financial situation. It's good to know that the door is not closed to me though, and when a situation arises that leads to me leaving my current job I may take the plunge!
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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    Good luck!

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  5. jarndyce

    jarndyce Occasional commenter

    More common in the independent sector - not at all unusual for one of the more academic prep schools going up to Year 8 to recruit those from a secondary background (whether state or independent).
     
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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    Please do not post on here to promote your tutoring company, @OwlTutors

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  7. PARTALOA

    PARTALOA New commenter

    Dear Theo, I've been lucky in getting an interview for a primary Yr3 vacancy. I'm a Secondary MFL & English Teacher. I have taught lots of different subjects as I was a supply teacher for the last 2 years. So, I think maybe that has helped my chances of getting an interview. Could you offer me any advice for what I may expect at the interview.
     

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