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PGCE Subject specialist or Generalist route ???

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by TheGentleman, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. TheGentleman

    TheGentleman Occasional commenter

    Dear TheoGriff

    I have been accepted on a Primary with PE Specialism PGCE course for September 2016 which is really exciting.

    The pe specialism sees me cover the 3 core subjects during the pgce and the pe covering the rest of the course (to the exclusion of all of the other foundation courses). Also, my second school placement will be a pe specific role.

    I currently work as an unqualified sports teacher at a prep school, hence the natural step to become qualified with a PE specialism. As well as currently coaching sport, I get the opportunity to observe classes and contribute when required - something I am really enjoying.

    Consequently, I am having a wobble that perhaps I should transfer to the general primary pgce rather than become pigeonholed. My pgce provider will allow me to transfer from pe to general.

    Without wanting to get into the politics of independent v state, my leaning is very much to complete the pgce and seek nqt induction in the independent sector. My questions to you are:

    1. Would I be more marketable in the independent (prep) sector entering the profession with a generalist (most probably key stage 2) subject background who can also coach sport (I have level 2 qualifications in both cricket and rugby) and run extra-curricular sport or as someone who is a specialist in PE (so probably applying for PE/sports roles) but with a desire to teach another subject?

    From having a quick search on TES jobs, there is clearly more general key stage 2 teacher jobs (some asking for ability to get involved in sport) than specialist PE/Sports jobs.

    2. Would my choice affect my aspirations to eventually move into a senior position (obviously down the line). What I am saying very inarticulately is - can PE/sports teachers progress to leadership positions/headmasters?

    I am a career changer (40 yrs old) and not sure if my age might count against me for pure pe/sport roles (as an ex lawyer, I know it would be illegal if it did). Not sure if this additional info might change your thinking.

    Sorry for long winded email, but as a career changer I am keen to get this move right.

    Thanks in advance
    TheGentleman
     
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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    Have replied on other forum where same question was asked.

    Best wishes

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