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Primary vs Secondary?

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' 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. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    The big difference is teaching a specific subject rather than being a class teacher delivering a range of subjects and themes. In addition you teach a wider age range from 12-18+ and the examination syllabi determine most of what is taught. You can look up your subject area on exam websites like OCR or Edexcel to get an idea of the content.
    Secondary PGCE's focus on either KS3 & 4 or 11-18 largely dependent upon the university and area. In reality you may get a brief experience of A levels as part of your training but it is usually limited and varied depending on the school.

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