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Primary teacher wondering about secondary.

Discussion in 'Primary' started by loralai, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. loralai

    loralai New commenter

    I am in the very early stages of my career as a primary school teacher and feeling guilty about already looking for a route out but I would like to know my options out there!

    I aim to stay primary for now as I assume it will get easier and my passion will grow, but I have never assumed I would stay a class teacher forever and would like to know what steps I should be taking now to ensure I have options in a few years' time.

    I guess my first question is how would I find out more about whether I would be more suited to secondary teaching/how would I go about it? I have a BA degree in primary education with QTS, not a PGCE.

    My second question is: what's the best way to find out about other opportunities? For example, my big passion is in literacy and I would love to be able to spend all day, every day teaching it and enthusing children about it and improving their skills but feel very tied down and thinly spread by all the other responsibilities I am not as passionate about. I have found it very difficult to find out about specific school-based roles or involvement with schemes such as ECAW. I wouldn't want to just become literacy coordinator...or perhaps this is where I would start?

    Thank you in advance
  2. I can't see how you could move into secondary without a degree in the subject you wanted to teach. If you wanted to teach English, for example, you would need a degree in English.
    I also enjoy teaching literacy -and a couple of other subjects! - far more than some others (like Art which I'm hopeless at!) but that's the nature of primary teaching.
    Sorry I can't be more helpful - perhaps others can.

  3. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    A friend who completed her BEd primary with me has only ever taught in secondary
  4. loralai

    loralai New commenter

    Thanks, did she not have to do any further training?
  5. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    No she has QTS which in theory allows you to teach any age range ... if a school is willing to give you the chance
  6. loralai

    loralai New commenter

    I guess, which is why I intend to stick it out. But I go to courses and see these people who are delivering courses and devoting their career to going ot schools to focus on literacy. I have found it very hard to get a clear direction of how they got there and find these contacts. I feel I resent the other subjects because I can't do literacy justice! Maybe I need to not want to be in such a perfect world!
  7. You could aim to be a literacy advisor - but this would take you out of the classroom, and you need a few years' worth of experience first. Lit co-ordinator would be a good place to start though.
  8. paulie86

    paulie86 New commenter

    Your certainly can, but perhaps now isn't the best time to be changing! Are middle schools an option? We have quyite a few teachers with Beds or teaching certifcates in primary, who specialise in a subject.
  9. loralai

    loralai New commenter

    Thank you, I think honestly I need to be patient and get my experience first, but it would be good to seek opportunities in the right area in preparation. I wouldn't even know how to go about a literacy co position, I feel it is too soon to be able to ask in school as I am so early on, I still have a term to complete of my NQT year. Where I know my head is keen for me to show a subject interest, I know that it shouldn't be in a core subject straight off, but then I feel I would be wasting time/risking being pidgeon-holed/unmotivated if I take on a non-core subject.

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