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Secondary to primary teacher

Discussion in 'Primary' started by vitogio2, Apr 19, 2016.

  1. vitogio2

    vitogio2 New commenter

    I've been teaching primary supply for over a year, retraining myself from secondary. I couldn't join a course as I'm already qualified so am trying to learn on the job. Does anyone have any advice for me on great resources/discipline tactics/lesson ideas or even if i can download a primary "things you must know" guide as i obviously missed everything relevant that primary teachers are trained in? I'm looking at applying for a ppa job for a year as i think this could be a valuable insight into all year groups as i still have no preference. Thanks if you can offer any help or advice.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Go to Amazon and enter Primary teacher

    That will give you a load of possibilities, with reviews and stars.

    Best wishes

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  3. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Doing primary supply is the best way to get experience and ideas.
    Then get applying for posts in schools you have loved.
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  4. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    i did it that way. it took three years and cost me at least £50,000 in lost earnings. Love the teaching, my wife is less keen on the ever expanding hours, the garden is completely neglected now!
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  5. collette10

    collette10 New commenter

    I trained as a Secondary teacher and taught in a secondary school for 3 years but decided I wanted to teach primary. You already have the skills required to teach in a primary school. The hardest part is getting a job but a lot of head teachers understand why you are making the transition. Plus you will have excellent subject knowledge in a particular area that the school will probably capitalise on. Whilst I totally understand why you would go for the PPA route for a year, don't dismiss taking on a class teacher role first. If a school is willing to take you on they should be willing to offer you the initial support you require. Books are fantastic, but nothing compares to real experience.
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