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Secondary to Primary

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Gribling, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. Hi,
    I'm currently half way through my NQT year as a secondary ICT teacher. Although I like my job I've been feeling that I wish I'd now gone into primary teaching insted. (Would love to eventually be ICT co-ordinator for a primary school)

    Looking at some adivce given, it suggests spending some days in primary for experience, but being full time, this is very difficult for me (I don't have any free's in a row to allow me to spend more than an hour without another lesson).
    Does anyone have any advice on how I could get myself into Primary teaching from this?
    Thanks,
    James.
     
  2. Hi,
    I'm currently half way through my NQT year as a secondary ICT teacher. Although I like my job I've been feeling that I wish I'd now gone into primary teaching insted. (Would love to eventually be ICT co-ordinator for a primary school)

    Looking at some adivce given, it suggests spending some days in primary for experience, but being full time, this is very difficult for me (I don't have any free's in a row to allow me to spend more than an hour without another lesson).
    Does anyone have any advice on how I could get myself into Primary teaching from this?
    Thanks,
    James.
     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Firstly congratulations on getting that elusive-for-many NQT post! Once you've that under your belt you're a 'qualified teacher' & can apply for any post.
    Having said that the Primary sector is heavily over-prescribed at present, there are many Primary qualified teachers looking for posts so why should they need to look at people without experience in that age range?
    Are you sure you understand how the Primary sector works? Most teachers teach right across the curriculum, teaching all subjects & usually there's insufficient cash to have just an ICT specialist on staff.
    So I recommend you talk to colleagues who work in the Primary sector & find out how Primary teaching works. Have you got oodles of patience to cope with the petty squabbles they'll bring in after play & lunch break for instance? Primary teaching requires less in-depth subject knowledge because you are primarily teaching CHILDREN, every subject, including manners, social behaviour & skills etc.
    If you're still interested, with the idea that KS3 is more 'creative', could you ask to go in to some local Primary schools as part of your CPD to link Prim & Sec sectors for instance?

     

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