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Teacher Training but in which subject?

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by sofiavigo, Jul 5, 2020.

  1. sofiavigo

    sofiavigo New commenter

    So I'm looking to take a teacher training course Sept 2021 once I have finished my masters in Creative Writing. I have a BA(Hons) 3rd in English Literature and creative Writing which included my first year being based on Art History and Italian. I also have a diploma in Computing, NVQ in optical retail which included maths and biology, as well as A-levels in Art and Psychology.
    I've seen that for subjects such as Computing, Maths, biology and English you can do a SKE course in order to be able to teach in those subjects.
    I wondered if it was possible to use my masters and degree towards teaching Art and Design, or is it a better bet to go teach English or gain an extra qualification in Art if I wanted to teach art?
    I've always wanted to teach either Art, English, or computing at secondary level.
     
  2. SCAW12

    SCAW12 Occasional commenter

    Core subjects seem to be felt to be more important in schools at the moment as Maths and English are double weighted for Progress 8. Computing is an EBACC subject, also considered important, although not offered at GCSE in all schools. Art is an option subject, so sadly not felt to be as valuable. Hope that helps!
     
  3. VeronicAmb

    VeronicAmb Occasional commenter

    I would personally go with English. We need more English teachers with a creative writing specialism. Hopefully you have a good grasp on the English language and linguistic side of things. Creative writing is needed for students across the board - in KS3 but more so, English Language GCSE as a whole section is based on narrative and transformative writing.

    Plus, you'd get a lot further with English. I don't think you'd get anywhere with computing since you don't have an A-level or a degree in the subject. I believe SKE is for people who wish to teach in that subject (who have already been exposed to the subject). For example, if a person with a Medical Engineering degree wants to be a science teacher, they most likely will have to take the SKE in Chemistry as their degree would have enough for physics and biology but not chemistry. I don't think you can take a SKE without having any prior knowledge in the subject.
     
  4. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    Can you get into a PGCE course with a 3rd in English as an undergraduate? Will your MA push you towards the right qualifications? Have you passed the skills tests in Maths and English?
     
  5. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    I'd vote English. If you are good at art, then qualifying in English won't prevent you teaching art anyway. A "diploma" means nothing, but again, having no qualifications in computing won't stop you teaching computing. In the end, you just teach whatever subject lands up on your timetable, once you are in schools, anyway. But being an English teacher makes you most in demand
     

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