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Secondary to early years advice

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by creeves3, Nov 11, 2019.

  1. creeves3

    creeves3 New commenter

    I'm after a bit of advice...

    I am a secondary trained teacher with QTS and SENCo and I'd like to make the move to primary/early years. I've been working part-time while my son is young and looking forward to a new challenge when he starts school next Sept. I am keen to work in early years/KS1 as I know (from my work as a secondary SENCo) how crucial this time is in terms of language, literacy and resilience etc.

    I'm finding it hard to find a primary post that is suitable and considering completing the graduate entry early years programme to develop my knowledge and practice. Since I already have QTS would it be worth completing the EYTS so that I then apply for primary posts and pursue leaderships post like primary SENCo? Would a school look favourably on someone with EYTS plus QTS and SENCo gained from secondary?

  2. TeacherMan19

    TeacherMan19 Occasional commenter

    I'm never sure how much attention has ever been paid to my EYTS. But then again, my PGCE was focused on age 3-7 so who knows.

    It would back your case by having relevant qualifications and experience in early years. But then again, isn't there a shortage of early years teachers?
  3. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Experience in EYFS will help you far, far more than a qualification.
    I too am secondary trained and moved to primary, then EYFS.
    Maybe try supply teaching in primary schools and nurseries for a year or so first, or an HLTA post in a primary, ideally one that has a nursery class.
    Then you have a heap of SENDCO experience and EYFS/primary experience to make your application fantastic.

    Look to the independent sector. Many of the preps are for ages 3-13 and would bite your hand off as a secondary trained SENDCO and allow you to move to primary ages.
  4. creeves3

    creeves3 New commenter

    Thanks, out of interest what made you move from secondary to primary/EYFS? What is it like in comparison?
  5. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    It's far more fun!
    You get to build relationships with the children because you see them all the time.
    You can teach a range of subjects.
    It's just more pleasurable.

    Rather harder work in terms of marking and prep, and classroom displays and so on.
    But if you like younger children more than teens, then it's a worthwhile swap.
  6. ChaiLattePlease

    ChaiLattePlease New commenter

    I’ve also made that change. I didn’t do any extra training, just a few months of supply where I insisted I only wanted Yr2 or younger.

    I agree with caterpillartobutterfly that it’s just so much more FUN!
  7. missionahenderson96

    missionahenderson96 New commenter

    Teaching especially in the EY is a bit like learning to drive a car, you only really learn once you've passed your test and therefore, gaining experience within an EY setting will be invaluable for you. However, going back to my car analogy without those driving lessons you wouldn't have known how to change gears, check your oil, how to maneuver a box junction e.c.t. The driving lessons gave you the firm foundation you needed before driving on your own. Therefore, yes (in my opinion) you need to go and study and gain an EY qualification, you need the background knowledge and the theory as well as the concrete experience.

    Early years is completely different and separate from Primary and even further away from secondary. Its a completely different pedagogy and requires a different method of assessment. I fear that if you don't study an EY course that you will find it really difficult when you get an EY job.
  8. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    I agree that it is totally different. However, I disagree that studying is needed. For the op, they have small children, so have an understanding of child development...which is the main thing.

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