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Secondary to Primary - do I have to retrain and start again?

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by lidifrater, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. lidifrater

    lidifrater New commenter


    I'm really interested in moving from Secondary English teaching to Primary teaching but don't know if I need to retrain and if I will have to ostensibly start again from scratch in terms of salary. Has anyone ever made this move and can you train on the job?
  2. freida20

    freida20 New commenter

    As I understand it from when I looked into it your QTS is valid to teach across all age groups so you wouldn't need to requalify but many jobs look for specific experience of that KS or year group and with application numbers high you would be competing against specifically trained and experienced candidates.
    Having said that you are an English specialist and with the increasing level of understanding needed for SATs and so on you may be in high demand and could depend on the locality you are looking- perhaps its worth putting some feelers out - do you know anyone in primary that could put you in contact with a head that would enable some accurate information?
    Does your school have feeder schools that would like some English sessions? - alternatively does your school run special days for Y5 / 6 students that you could plan and deliver to gain experience?
    As I said this is just my understanding of it as I have also been looking into this and I am sure someone more qualified will be along soon to let me know this is all wrong ;) and give you more detailed information.
  3. Starsarah

    Starsarah New commenter

    All you need to do is apply for a job!
  4. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    And convince the prospective head you can teach the entire curriculum.

    But definitely have a go...I made that move years ago and have never looked back.
  5. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    You wouldn't start from scratch with regards to salary, but your pay will depend upon the school you apply to. English Leader/Co-Ordinator for the whole school may be rewarded with a TLR but there are fewer opportunities in primary for extra pay - no Heads of Department or Assistant HODs. If you are on UPS some primaries might regard you as expensive; others may welcome you and your experience with open arms. In the areas of the country where there are middle schools you would have a good compromise, teaching 8-13 year olds. This could also be the case in an independent prep school.
    You certainly don't need to retrain, but reading up on the new National Curriculum and being familiar with the age group and ways of working in a primary setting would stand you in good stead.
  6. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    Don't have to retrain. You are qualified. As an English specialist you do have a big tick in your box. That isn't to say it will be easy though. Especially if you don't know the primary curriculum and you are up against primary trained candidates.

    the salary thing depends on the school. You do know there is no pay portability don't you?

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