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On becoming a history teacher

Discussion in 'History' 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. danguiney

    danguiney New commenter

    Hi there. If you're a qualified teacher with a History degree then you are already exceptionally well qualified and I am sure there are many transferable skills between delivering Law and History. I've been teaching History nearly 20 years and it is simply the best teaching job there is. Go for it: I wish you every success. But a few practical things you could do which might strengthen your applications include examining for a History curriculum, subscribing to the numerous Facebook History teaching groups/maing links with History teachers on Twitter (we are legion!), and of course observing and chatting to the History Department in your school.
  3. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

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  4. HBox1983

    HBox1983 New commenter

    Thank you for your advice.

    You mention "...examining for a History curriculum": can you be an examiner for a subject which you do not currently teach? Thanks.
  5. HBox1983

    HBox1983 New commenter

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