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Primary and Secondary Trained

Discussion in 'Scotland - education news' started by rednelly84, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. rednelly84

    rednelly84 Occasional commenter

    How do I go about becoming qualified to teach geography in Secondary? My first degree is Environmental Geography.
    Just thinking of diversifying a bit to increase my job prospects. Thoughts?
  2. Do a PGDE in it.
  3. rednelly84

    rednelly84 Occasional commenter

    Oh, ok! One of my ex-colleagues came from secondary to primary and completed a six month course and have been looking for information on that but have had no luck.

  4. Look at the GTCS website for more information. http://www.gtcs.org.uk/registration/professional-registration.aspx There does seem to be a way to do it outside of PGDE but there's not much detail there. I'm not sure teaching Geography will widen your job prospects - CfE's lumping together of social sciences right up until the end of S3 is possibly going to reduce the number of specialists required.
  5. Professional registration was fairly easy to get, all I needed to do was show that I had minimum qualifications on the memorandum of entry requirements, but also to show a portfolio of cpd in that subject. This wasn't just showing that I had been to cpd courses, etc, but showing my reflections and learning as a result of these courses. Keeping a learning journal is a good way to do this, similar to what you did as a probationer.
    I then got my certificate through saying I had provisional registration to teach that subject at secondary level, and I have 3 years to complete the probation period (135 days I think). It will be revoked if I don't do it within that time.

    Hope that helps!!

    By the way, the gtcs information is pretty rubbish, but if you have any questions just pm me!
  6. rednelly84

    rednelly84 Occasional commenter

    Thanks for both your responses. Both have been very helpful. It isn't something I wish to do right at this moment in time as I hope to be abroad for another 3 years. Always good to know what other options are available.
  7. categed

    categed New commenter

    How are you getting on abroad? Hope you are still enjoying it, what a fantastic experience for you x
  8. rednelly84

    rednelly84 Occasional commenter

    Hi again! I am having an absolute ball out here! Aside from missing my Fiance, family, friends and places at home, this is definately the best thing I could have done. I have learnt so much, not just in terms of teaching but in terms of culture. Religious knowledge was a weakness of mine and have learnt so much about Islam I now feel confident explaining it to people at home. Just secured a new job for September in another school in Abu Dhabi and I am very excited about starting! This first year has just flown by and there is only 8.5 weeks of term left! I highly recommend teaching abroad to everybody!
    Still have that nagging thought in the back of my mind "will I secure a job when I return home?". Wish I could forget about it but it is important to keep abreast of issues at home.

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