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Secondary teacher to Early Years

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by 872312, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. 872312

    872312 New commenter

    Can anyone tell me if it's possible to retrain from teaching in a secondary school to primary/early years?
    I would appreciate any information/advice.
  2. carriecat10

    carriecat10 Established commenter Community helper

    If you have QTS you can teach any age group in any sector. However if you apply for posts in Primary/early years you will be up against people with specific training and/or experience. It might depend on your subject specialism too. It is possible to do this (I managed move from Secondary maths and PE myself years ago) but it isn't easy. There are loads of threads on here which would be worth trawling through. General advice seems to be: if you can afford to volunteer or do supply in Primary schools locally this is a great way to get known and gain experience.
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

  4. ValentinoRossi

    ValentinoRossi Star commenter

    Ohmygawd!! Why on earth would you want to do this??! I can cope with the grotties and the spotties ... but the snotties? :eek:
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    They do tend to wee a lot.;)

    Best wishes

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  6. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    Whereas I can't think of anything worse than teaching teenagers (I'm an Early Years teacher and love it)!
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  7. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    I tried it and now have experience of every class level to university. Like all teaching, it has pros and cons. Certainly the sector where you must use your voice most and probably the one where you will get sick most as these kids seem to be carrying bacteria adults immune systems have forgotten.

    They can be very funny at times but also very, very draining. The school day is too long for them and trying to get them to follow a curriculum seems a bit playing to the galleries to me.

    The school I was at had these weird, weird 'learning journeys' which were anything but....and took ages to complete. I can only presume this is payback as naturally, there is little marking to do as the children can barely write their own names or read feedback anyhow.

    I was amazed to see they have an assessment system which covered....I think....17 bands of mostly irrelevant nonsense. Again, outrageously time consuming to complete.

    So my summary would be great to try and the kids are fun but the English disease is very much there with excessive and irrelevant paperwork.

    Am glad I tried but would not want to go back.I'd recommend supply or maybe even giving it a go as a volunteer before taking a contract.

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