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Secondary Trained but with Primary experience....

Discussion in 'Personal' started by psychoo, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. Hello, I have a major dilemma with regards to my next job and career. I complete a PGCE (secondary) in order to teach Sociology and Psychology as well as some secondary subjects. Following my PGCE I was looking for opportunities overseas and secured a job teaching but this was a primary post. I have now been teaching the UK curriculum for 2 years and have enjoyed it. I've taught most of the curriculum including English, Maths and Science as well as humanities based subjects/ However the school has several specialist teachers such as PE, Design and Technology, Art, Music and so I haven't had the opportunity to teach these. I would be applying for NQT jobs because I hadn't completed my induction year before going overseas. My dilemma is that I am due to return to the UK and I am unsure which way to go with my application, whether I should apply for Psychology/Secondary as I'm trained in this or whether to go for Primary given my experience. I am concerned about my employability in both sectors as I'm trained in secondary but have experience only in primary. Any advice or pointers would be greatly appreciated.
  2. giraffe

    giraffe New commenter

    Since most Primary teachers will be expected to teach all subjects, you might need to be able to demonstrate you are up to DT, music etc if applying for Primary jobs.
    You will also need to show you can talk the talk with regard to the most recent changes of direction in the Primary curriculum / adoption or otherwise of the Primary framework etc etc
    Plus points are that you have proven yourself to be versatile, and with Psychology, could be a potential teacher of pupils with SEN.
    Also, you will be relatively cheap to employ as an NQT, with the bonus of some varied teaching experience already.
    I presume you are up to speed with your Secondary subjects too, so could apply for that as well?

    Decide which suits you temperamentally and which you prefer. Then sell yourself as dedicated to that.
    Primary schools, especially will want you to be passionate about their particular Key Stages!

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