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Qualified to teach section on job apps.

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by sophiehistory, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. I have QTS via a GTP route in History at Secondary level. I want to continue to teach in the Primary sector.

    When on application form it's written: "Please indicate below which age range and subjects(s) you are qualified to teach." Can I write something more broad like. Ages 5 - 18. Key Stage 1 - 4. History subject specialism?

    I have been told by TES advisers that a qualified teacher is qualified to teach any age. I don't want to highlight my secondary training because I think my form looks awkward to employees when compared with another applicant who is primary trained.

    Any thoughts really appreciated.
     
  2. I have QTS via a GTP route in History at Secondary level. I want to continue to teach in the Primary sector.

    When on application form it's written: "Please indicate below which age range and subjects(s) you are qualified to teach." Can I write something more broad like. Ages 5 - 18. Key Stage 1 - 4. History subject specialism?

    I have been told by TES advisers that a qualified teacher is qualified to teach any age. I don't want to highlight my secondary training because I think my form looks awkward to employees when compared with another applicant who is primary trained.

    Any thoughts really appreciated.
     
  3. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    The difference is between what you are qualified to teach ( QTS allows you to teach all phases) and what you are trained to teach.You need to convince the reader that you can cope with the wider primary curriculum including numeracy and science. To do this you need to tailor your personal statement in particular. In most places there is a glut of primary teachers looking for their first post so it can be difficult to compete with a trained primary specialist.
     
  4. Thanks for your advice I certainly will tailor my personal statement to suit primary schools. But still I need an answer about the application questions. I'm understanding from your beginning comment that I could indeed write that I am qualified to teach all ages.
     
  5. There is a subtle difference between being qualified (yes you are qualified to teach across all age ranges) and what your training was in which is secondary history. The problem with writing that you are qualified across all key st5ages is that while this is technically correct it is not the informnation that they are saeeking. It is an issue to do with the understanding that the person who designed the application form has of teacher qualifications.
    So you may find that writing what you would like to write (1-4) may well result in a rejection. You will need to satisfy the person (people) who are looking at your application that you can teach outside the age/subject in which you are trained.
    James
     

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