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Teaching a new subject

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by Stephen_Hillier, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. Hi Sam
    Once you have completed a form of initial teacher training (ITT), and have gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you would technically be qualified to teach all subjects at secondary level. This is because QTS is a qualification that is not subject-specific, and whilst your training would obviously focus on a particular subject, such as science, you would still be able to apply for other teaching positions.
    The suitability of a candidate to teach a subject that differs to the one they trained for would be ascertained by the head of the school where you wished to work. If you are able to provide evidence that you possess the necessary experience and knowledge to teach a different subject, the head of the school can employ you in that roll without the need to undertake additional qualifications.
    If you were to do a PGCE in science you would find that there will be more job opportunities available, due to the need for more Science teachers in schools today. However if you were to look into becoming a Classics teacher at a later date, your Classical Studies degree and teaching qualification would put you in a great position.
    I hope this information has been useful, and I wish you the very best with the remainder of your degree.

    Stephen Hillier, TDA

  2. That's great and thanks for your reply.


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