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Secondary teacher in Scotland, would love to convert to early years

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by gilliancarruthers, Sep 18, 2018.

  1. gilliancarruthers

    gilliancarruthers New commenter

    Hi all,

    Hoping someone might be able to help, I’ve been sitting looking through various different websites and have ended up confusing myself! Basically, I have been a secondary teacher of English for 12 years but since having a child I’ve become really interested in early years education. Does anyone know if there is a straightforward way I can convert to this type of teaching? Will I have to go back to uni to retrain or can I specialise without returning to full time study? Thanks so much in advance for any help! Would love to hear from anyone who has done this very thing!
  2. Alice K

    Alice K Occasional commenter

    I job shared in primary with a colleague last year who was an experienced Secondary English and Drama teacher - Scotland. She had converted to primary teaching. I am still in contact with her although I have moved on. I will ask her for details if you wish.
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  3. gilliancarruthers

    gilliancarruthers New commenter

    That would be amazing, thank you so much! I just unsure of how the actual conversion works!
  4. Alice K

    Alice K Occasional commenter

    My colleague completed a conversion course through Aberdeen University which was distance learning and was solely for qualified secondary teachers. Think you would fulfil that criteria from what you have stated in your OP. It relies o you finding your own primary experience.
  5. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    No idea about Scotland at all, but in England you just need to apply for the posts and convince a headteacher you know what you are doing.

    Scotland are fussier about being qualified for particular age ranges though.

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