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On becoming a history teacher

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by HBox1983, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. HBox1983

    HBox1983 New commenter

    I am a career changer (I used to be a lawyer) but now am I halfway through a two-year PGCE specialising in Young People and Adults. I currently teach A Level Law part-time in a local sixth form college.

    Despite my professional background and my current job, I do not want to teach Law (A Level or otherwise) in the medium to long term. I would much rather teach history (my degree is in history) and whilst I have applied for several history teacher jobs, I am conscious that I don't any experience teaching history and, indeed, this is what prospective employers tell me.

    My questions therefore as follows:

    1. how do I get experience of teaching history if most schools/colleges want experience first? (To me, this seems a bit of a circular argument.)
    2. To what extent am I limited by my previous teaching experience and employment history?
    3. Does anyone have any general advice in how I might best move sideways into a history-teaching role?
    Ta ever so!
     
  2. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Go along to your college's history department and have a chat with the staff there. Perhaps observe some of their history lessons. Maybe they have some contacts in 12 to 18 schools that you could visit and observe some GCSE History teaching. Read up about the latest History SOW in schools and exam specs. Familiarise yourself with what you'll need to do as a history teacher and then apply for jobs. You should be able to blag your way into a history job if your subject knowledge is good. Some schools will just be glad just to have a warm body to stand in front of a class.
     
  3. sabram86

    sabram86 Occasional commenter

    My questions therefore as follows:

    1. how do I get experience of teaching history if most schools/colleges want experience first? (To me, this seems a bit of a circular argument.)
    2. To what extent am I limited by my previous teaching experience and employment history?
    3. Does anyone have any general advice in how I might best move sideways into a history-teaching role?
    Ta ever so![/QUOTE]

    Once you obtain the PGCE, it is in your interests to get QTLS as soon as possible. This will allow you to teach in schools (and to avoid the NQT year). You might be able to arrange that in the college where you teach already.

    In terms of gaining experience in teaching history, a school might consider appointing you as an unqualified teacher until you gain QTLS (you could also pursue QTS via assessment only). Alternatively, day-to-day supply would give you a broad experience of the state sector.

    The easiest route? Go and teach in an independent school, who will probably pay for you to get your QTS pretty soon. It's also nicer.
     
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