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secondary trained but wanting a change

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by emmabelper, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. Dear all,
    I am a secondary trained maths teacher- I completed my NQT year in a secondary school a few years ago but left after this and went back to University to study a masters. I really didn't get on with the back chat from the pupils.
    Since then I have carried on to a PhD at University but I am very very unhappy and after having some primary classroom experience with a teacher friend realised that I definitley went into teaching at the wrong level. I much prefer being in the classroom with the younger students
    I know from internet research and speaking with a headteacher that I am qualified to teach across all age ranges but at the moment I definitely would not feel confident enough to go straight in as a full time primary school teacher- I know I need more experience.
    I have been browsing some supply agency sites and see that they are advertising for supply HLTA and TAs- I think this would be an ideal way for me to gain experience. I know there is a huge pay difference but it'd be a chance I would be willing to take.Also as a HLTA I would be able to teach groups of children.
    Would this be the right approach to take? Am I going to face many hurdles in this approach? I figure if it is a supply route then I would not be letting anyone down in the future when I felt confident enough to apply for a primary teaching job?
    Many thanks xx
  2. this may seem obvious but being a ta/hlta is totally diff to being a teacher. if you are qualified but just lack experience why not just do some supply teaching? i have met some fantastic supply teachers and some less so but providing your basic subject knowledge across the board is ok i would just go in at teacher level- you'd get more useful experience and may even make some contacts in schools who may be looking to recruit.
    i also think most schools in current climate are probably less likely to want to pay for supply tas and would rather have a proper teacher even if your experience is secondary based.
  3. carriecat10

    carriecat10 Established commenter Community helper

    Hello Emma,
    Your situation seems to mirror mine many years ago now.
    I also trained as a secondary teacher - PE and maths, but never really enjoyed it and went off to do other stuff before having a family. It was only when my own children started primary school and I did some volunteering that I realised that I was much better suited to primary teaching.
    Like you, I lacked confidence to dive straight into supply teaching and decided to apply for TA jobs as a way of easing my way in. One of the teachers at my children's school offered to be a referee for me which really helped.
    I managed to secure a TA job where the head also used me for supply. I learnt such a huge amount from working alongside the teachers. After a couple of years the head offered me a temporary job which eventually became permanent.
    That was over 20 years ago now and I have no regrets. It was a struggle initially on a TA salary but if you would be a very attractive proposition for any head.
    Good luck!
    Carrie [​IMG]
  4. Thank you for your positive response and showing me that it can be done! I will keep at it :)


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