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Secondary to Primary MFL

Discussion in 'Primary' 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. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    The difficulty is that there are few primary mfl teachers, we teach everything! You do get some mfl teachers who usually provide cover for PPA etc but in the main, mfl is just one more thing we have to turn our hand to. So primary and secondary teaching is a whole different mindset, personally I would say we teach children, secondary teachers teach subjects!
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    As my username suggests I'm MFL Jun/Sec, trained and have worked across the stages.
    In my opinion SEC. teaching is all about your subject, passing on knowledge & cultivating particular skills in language. Also very focussed toward Exam requirements.
    Whereas PRIMARY teaching is all about children-very much 'individuals', teaching right across the range of curriculum subjects.
    You have to have a good knowledge of sociology & child psychology to teach in Primary as well as subject knowledge.
    An MFL colleague is just about to embark on Primary after re-organisation in our area, but as she has Primary children herself, understands how the schools are different and is very much looking forward to it. Another colleague would love to move but can't seem to 'break-in' to the tough world at present, with far too many Primary trained teachers chasing too few posts.
    Primary teaching is much more 'creative' without the exam board requirements although progression and keeping track of progress is still as important as in Sec. but goalposts are wider.
  4. Thanks everyone for taking the time to reply to my post. The main thrust about secondary teachers and the subject/primary teaching the individual 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
  5. I can totally sympathise! I also want to make the move, but as I'm in a permanant secondary position at the minute, it's going to be a long, hard battle for me!
    Good luck!

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