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overwhelmed and need some guidance.......

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by l13aan, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. Morning!

    I really need some help and guidance. I'm working in banking, really unahppy and want to re train to teach, its been something i've wanted to do but never felt I was confident enough however I feel this is my time. This is some basic history and Qualifications
    GNVQ Art/Design HND Art 3 x NVQ's in business related subjects, careers spanning 13 years in business/customer services/banking with experience in mentoring, delivery of moneyskills programs in high schools and charity work.
    I don't think i possess enough knowledge for art and design to teach and think i would be better suited to top up my hnd geared towards business but unsure if a local provider such as MMU will allow me to do that as they are not related modules. once i've got my degree i'd want to go onto QTS - I feel i'd be so much more suited to secondary education however I'm feeling a bit blinded by the sheer number of options and routes .
    any help, or guidance would really help - I know this is a massive change, my daughter is just about to start school herself so i am already preparing to drop my pay to suit her school hours so if there was ever time to learn, I suppose its now!!
     
  2. Morning!

    I really need some help and guidance. I'm working in banking, really unahppy and want to re train to teach, its been something i've wanted to do but never felt I was confident enough however I feel this is my time. This is some basic history and Qualifications
    GNVQ Art/Design HND Art 3 x NVQ's in business related subjects, careers spanning 13 years in business/customer services/banking with experience in mentoring, delivery of moneyskills programs in high schools and charity work.
    I don't think i possess enough knowledge for art and design to teach and think i would be better suited to top up my hnd geared towards business but unsure if a local provider such as MMU will allow me to do that as they are not related modules. once i've got my degree i'd want to go onto QTS - I feel i'd be so much more suited to secondary education however I'm feeling a bit blinded by the sheer number of options and routes .
    any help, or guidance would really help - I know this is a massive change, my daughter is just about to start school herself so i am already preparing to drop my pay to suit her school hours so if there was ever time to learn, I suppose its now!!
     
  3. Georgia99

    Georgia99 New commenter

    You will need a degree so your options are to either look at topping up your HND to a degree, if this is art and designed based then your secondary PGCE options might be limited to Art or Design and Technology subjects. If you want to teach a different subject such as business then you could check with local uni's about whether you can use any of your HND credits towards a Business type degree. Alternatively, the open university recognise prior learning and may well be able to include some of your HND towards a Business degree but you would need to check with them.
    Once you have your degree you can then apply for PGCE courses. If you can only top up your HND to an Art and Design type degree, there is no reason why you can't apply for PGCE Art or Design and Technology and then ask to gain some experience teaching Business Studies as part of your PGCE. You can still apply for teaching jobs outside your PGCE subject specialism and if you have work experience in areas such as Business you may be considered for these teaching posts by schools.
    Your other option is to go into FE teaching with post 16, in which case you would not require a degree and could complete a teaching qualification such as the cert ed or DTLLS. There is also the option of completing the TAQA to become a NVQ assessor specialising in your sectors. I know these aren't so much what you are looking at but are options if you found that gaining a degree was not feasible.
     
  4. Hi
    The range of options for teacher training can seem overwhelming, however they exist to suit different candidates' lifestyles, learning orientation and experience. Your first step is to top up your qualifications to degree level and check that you have the equivalence of a GCSE at C grade or above in English and maths. As you wish to teach at secondary level, you would need to decide where your subject enthusiasm lies. If you haven't done so already, spend some time in art and design and business studies classes to inform your decision. This will then give you a clear focus on how you wish to further your studies and will also serve as necessary classroom experience to aid your application to teacher training. You would need to speak to the course providers with whom you would like to study so that they can see how much credit you can carry forward from your current qualifications. It may be possible for you to top up your studies via distance learning with the Open University and stay in your present post. Once you are a qualified teacher and in post, it is perfectly possible to teach other subjects according to the need of the school so you may be able to combine business studies with art and design.
    There are a number of routes for graduates to consider including the PGCE and employment-based or school-based routes. Have a look at www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/teacher-training-options or give the teaching information line a ring on 0800 389 2500.
    Best of luck with your career change and I wish you a successful teaching career.
    Lin Hinnigan, Teaching Agency
     
  5. I'd look at job ads to try and get a sense of how likely it is you'd get a job at the end of all this - teaching business will be v difficult as few secondary schools offer this. I'd also warn you that going into teaching to fit your job round your child's school hours doesn't really work - i wish i only worked 8-3.30!!!
     

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