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Should I persevere with A Level teaching?

Discussion in 'Independent' started by deleted944, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. Hello,
    I'm half way through my NQT year and absolutely loving it. I really enjoy the creative aspects to teaching the lower school and my GCSE classes. I'm also teaching A Level which to a certain extent I enjoy, but I find the marking load pretty tough, and the lessons are a lot more stressful and pushed for time, so there isn't much time for creative teaching. I'm not sure whether this is just because it's new to me - I'm teaching it for the first time; or if my skills in creativity mean that I'm better suited to teaching the lower school.
    It's weird because when I started teaching I thought I'd enjoy the sixth form stuff more but actually I completely love teaching the lower school classes with a real passion.
    I've seen a job advertised for a head of lower school science and I thought "brilliant"! I'd love to do that! My school are just about to appoint a new science teacher and want them to only teach lower school (they haven't advertised yet). I'm not sure whether I should say "I want to be that teacher! find another A level person and I'll do that job!" or whether to persevere with it and it'll get more enjoyable.
    Your thoughts would be very much appreciated.
    Cheers!

     
  2. If you love doing it, you'll be a lot happier teaching it.
    Just remember though, often if you want to get anywhere in your career at secondary school, you're expected to be able to teach ALevel and to have experience doing it.
     
  3. noemie

    noemie Occasional commenter

    Also, you're only in your first year, for heaven's sakes! Give yourself the time! It took me three years to teach decent GCSE lessons and feel confident in it! It is hard to sustain the A-level teaching and there is a lot of responsibility, but it can be very rewarding. If you go for the other job, do it for the right reasons (the promotion), not because you don't feel in tune with A-level and are giving up already.
     
  4. I disliked 'A' Level teaching too and found that any secondary post I applied for assumed that I would want to teach it. I managed to get some primary experience and ended up Head of Science in a prep school. Loved every minute of it. Not teaching 'A' level definitely restricted my career prospects,and still does, but I have no regrets.
     

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