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Primary or Secondary?

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by phil-osophy, Nov 12, 2018.

  1. phil-osophy

    phil-osophy New commenter

    Hi all
    I am starting the recruitment process and have registered with a few agencies but am not sure which job would be best to apply for. I have 15 years experience as a head of science (chemistry and biology) but for the last 3 years, due to family reasons and job availability in the area, been in primary schools concentrating on numeracy development. I am dual qualified in Scotland.
    I would like to teach in eastern or far Eastern Europe. Anyone out in these areas areas who could advise which stage to go for to get the best schools/ salary. Would schools think it strange that I have this work history? Is the secondary science too out of date?
    Any advise much appreciated.
  2. amysdad

    amysdad Established commenter

    Not necessarily - you have a good reason for it, and I think in England it's not actually that uncommon (unlike for us in Scotland). While you don't have physics you would certainly appeal to schools and your experience would be good.
  3. Ne11y

    Ne11y Occasional commenter

    It might, in the more popular places (e.g. Prague) , put you at a slight disadvantage as:

    1. Your primary experience is maths focused.
    2. Your recent experience is outside of secondary science.

    It doesn't mean you won't be very very interesting to schools (who like people who can be flexible!), but be prepared, whichever you choose, to tackle these issues at interview.

    From what you have described, I would suggest you go for science, as you clearly have in-depth knowledge of this area, even with your recent break. But if you prefer primary and see a position that interests you, give it a try!

    You mention far Eastern Europe. How far are you prepared to go? If you're willing to look at Ukraine and Russia, I wouldn't imagine you would have any problems. Schools sprouting up in Moscow at a rapid pace at the moment.
  4. lottee1000

    lottee1000 Occasional commenter

    Chemistry teachers can be harder to recruit than primary teachers, so if you arr happy to do it, then applying for those jobs might be better. My school has secondary teachers delivering specialist lessons like science down to year 4, so you could look for something like that as well.
  5. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    It's true. Your science experience is very valuable, and could balance out any questions about timeliness.
  6. phil-osophy

    phil-osophy New commenter

    Thanks for replies. I struggle to choose sometimes because I like both for very different reasons
    I am tempted by places like Georgia and the 'Stans' - if anyone has experience of these? Would rather be out of a city though so not sure if I am looking for the impossible?
  7. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    Those are gorgeous places, definitely worth a look.
  8. lottee1000

    lottee1000 Occasional commenter

    There are schools in smaller cities, like Cluj in Romania, which might be worth a look? More rural schools tend to be boarding schools, which might be your thing? But might not.
    I only know Georgia from your list, but it's great, I'd go there!
  9. phil-osophy

    phil-osophy New commenter

    That sounds like an interesting idea - will have a look. Funnily enough after lots of thought I have been coming to the conclusion that I quite like the idea of being in a boarding school. I have been a guidance teacher and with my own 4 children having just left home it might be an interesting change.
    Please pm any names of possible schools in this area if you know them.
    Thanks again.
  10. Redparrotfish

    Redparrotfish New commenter

    Is it national 'Talk like a pirate day'?
    lottee1000 likes this.
  11. sicalifornia

    sicalifornia New commenter

    I laughed way too much at this!:D

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