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Secondary to Primary MFL

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by guagua19, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. Hi there Was wondering whether anyone out there has recently made the transition from Secondary to Primary MFL, and what the main issues/joys/similarities and differences were, especially in terms of delivery and expectations. It seems to me that primary school teachers quite often have a completely different skill set in many areas, and am curious as to why primary school teacher friends of mine have commented that they could never work in secondary, as well as secondary school teacher friends who would not be keen to work in a primary setting. I know that it might be obvious, but am curious to know if there is anyone out there who has recently transferred to primary MFL and what the main advice would be. Cheers. J
  2. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    There are fewer options these days just to teach MFL in Primary as the KS2 strategy has now finished. The majority of primary teaching vacancies are to teach a year group for the whole range of curriculum subjects. Gaining QTS in one phase allows you to teach in another but the majority of teachers transferring tend to be experienced as there is a glut of primary trained teachers seeking induction posts.
  3. Thanks for taking the time to reply to my post. The main thrust about secondary teachers and the subject/primary teaching the individual, which I have read elsewhere, certainly makes sense to me. I am currently a secondary NQT with three children (aged 5-13) and I have always felt that upper primary was more in keeping with my style and personality, even though I have completely immersed myself in my first post. Truth is, I have felt more like a bouncer than a teacher, and whilst I do appreciate that behaviour management is always crucial, whatever the key stage, the creativity and enthusiasm is eroded when dealing with ongoing firefighting. I'v kept volunteering at junior schools and have been invited for interview at a p/t MFL junior school teacher. Whilst aware my background is not potentially the same as other candidates, I am over the moon and intend giving my all!! Thanks again! J

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