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Primary vs Secondary?

Discussion in 'Welcome lounge and forum help' started by Daniiiii, Oct 17, 2015.

  1. Daniiiii

    Daniiiii New commenter


    I will be applying for a PGCE soon, but I was wondering - can anyone give some insight into Primary vs. Secondary? For instance, if you had experience as a Year 6 teacher, is it still a big leap to Secondary?

    For example, how do placements work at Secondary? Will you specifically be working in the class of the subject you have chosen? Is the PGCE heavily focused on exams at Secondary level?

    Also, does the Secondary PGCE include up to A-Levels - and do you focus on an age range as you would at Primary?

    Thanks for your help!!!
  2. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    Primary V Secondary is not a debate you should be having. You need to get expernience of the different phases and see what you think. To be honest, if you are attracted to teaching it must be for a reason. Is it to teach a particular subject at a higher level, or is it to nurture young children through the whole curriculum? The questions you pose are of secondary importance to this. You need to know your reason for getting involved in teaching. One wonders whether you are simply falling into this profession...
  3. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    Yes. You will be teaching the subject(s) you are training to teach. The PGCE is as focused on exams as teaching is.
    Usually, yes. Yes, 11-16 or (more often) 11-18.

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