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RQT Primary - Is it possible to become a specialised art teacher in a primary school?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by ahowe947, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. ahowe947

    ahowe947 New commenter

    Hi there,
    I am an RQT in primary education. I left my last school in July this year (KS2) and I have recently begun supply teaching to test out different schools in my area but I am interested in making a change to teaching art in primary schools. I know that this is very niche but I wondered whether I would need a conversion course/ additional qualifications in order to do this?
  2. Malenko

    Malenko New commenter

    Without claiming great expertise, it would seem to me to be fairly simple. You are a qualified teacher. You are qualified to teach in (I assume, here) England and places which recognise English QTS as equivalent to their own or otherwise sufficient.

    Thus there would be no need for additional qualifications. Whether you might want any other qualification is another matter and up to you, and whether there is the demand for what you acknowledge is a niche specialism might also be in question (and perhaps qualifications here might help at the margins in terms of justifying using/employing you as a specialist).
    Rott Weiler likes this.
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    If you're qualified in Primary, that qualifies you to teach all subjects at Primary level and apart from Prep Schools, which are basically Middle Schools, I doubt you could work as a specialist Art teacher at Primary level.
    nomad likes this.
  4. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Do any Primary schools recruit subject specialists to teach art (or any other subject for that matter)?

    I'm surprised any schools could afford to have someone on staff who only taught Art.
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  5. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    In a large middle school or a group of primaries belonging to a MAT possibly. Otherwise, doubtful.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2018
    Pomza, Rott Weiler and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  6. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    You'll be lucky to teach any art, let alone specialise. Specialise in grammar, that seems to be the biggest growth area on the curriculum round here.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  7. modgepodge

    modgepodge Established commenter

    Larger private schools might employ an art specialist. Most primaries will not. Unless perhaps for PPA cover. But often TAs or sports coaches are used for that as a cost saving measure. Could you consider switching to secondary? Even there art is a dying subject though. Sorry :(
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  8. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Can't see it happening. Some schools do it with music, but that's more suited to a discrete 1 hour slot each week, whereas art may well work better on longer less regular slots. Teachers are probably happier to teach art themselves, too, and it may well be more linked in to other curriculum areas. Some schools have TAs teaching art, but that's a cost-cutting way of covering PPA; they're not likely to pay a teacher instead. You'd also need a large primary to generate enough art teaching to fill a week.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  9. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    and regards ppa we seem to be heading to Friday afternoon closures to save the cash on covering that too. Not that every afternoon for ppa covers the correct time allocation.
  10. DFC

    DFC New commenter

    Could you consider becoming self employed and offer art workshops to primaries instead?

    Create half day / full day projects to the main curriculum topics and market yourself in your local area.

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