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Primary Specialties

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by DecentJournal, Nov 4, 2015.

  1. DecentJournal

    DecentJournal New commenter

    Hi everyone.

    I have an interest in pursuing Primary teaching. However, I have seen that their options to specialise in subjects such as Maths or PE.

    My question is whether there are any immediate benefits in doing this? Would it usually mean I am given more responsiblity in this particular subject even during my NQT year?

    Is it something I can instead focus on once I am a fully fledged teacher with a few years experience under my belt?

    Thanks for the help.
  2. Sillow

    Sillow Lead commenter

    In the grander scheme, it doesn't really matter if you specialise or not. I specialised in Music but have, in my career, led PE, RE, Humanities and Maths. During your NQT year you should not be given subject responsibility.

    By all means specialise if your chosen university does so for Primary PGCEs, but you will find it is more about your general teaching skills and, often if you're joining a new school or just after your NQT year, whatever subject they don't have a teacher for already. Sometimes, if you have a degree or a particular interest/skills in a subject, you will find yourself being co-ordinator for that subject.

    You could focus on a specialism later on through a Masters or similar, but it is by no means necessary (I just finished an MA "for fun". I do not recommend it whilst teaching full time!!).

    Hope that helps.

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