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Teaching in primary school when secondary trained

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by mysteriousnext, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. mysteriousnext

    mysteriousnext New commenter

    I am a secondary school language teacher, with a pgce.

    After my daughter was born I got a job in an independent prep school, teaching languages. I realised that I love teaching younger ones. I then went to have a second child and had to quit my job. We also had to move area.

    Now my son is 3 and my daughter 9, they are both in a prep school. I am desperately sending cold calling letters to the 3 prep schools that I can logistically teach at. But this is so niche that I am starting to think about maybe going into teaching all subjects, as a primary teacher, instead of just languages.

    Has anyone been through the same process, of going from secondary, subject specific teaching to primary teaching?
    Is there a course I could attend, to be re trained? I am a little bit confused as to how to go about it. I would appreciate all advice or experience in the matter. Thank you!

  2. phatsals

    phatsals Senior commenter

    Yes, there are many. I've taught in primary now for several decades and I originally taught politics and history.

    Your best start would be to volunteer and shadow in primary first of all, get a feel for all the various subjects and ask to look at planning. There are lots of resources available, look on TES for example. When you get some confidence, supply in the schools. Have a look on Hamilton trust for planning and ideas.

    Good luck, you won't look back.
  3. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    Yes, suggest you volunteer and shadow a class teacher to see what the job is like and how a good practitioner does it. Or just volunteer to help in any capacity and see whether any interesting opportunities come your way. A foot in the door can lead to many things if they like you. Even a TA post may be a start.

    In a prep school it is likely that the year 3 and 4 teachers will teach Maths, English and the Humanities. Subjects like Science, Art, P.E., French/Spanish and Music are likely to be taught by specialists. In Year 5 and above the focus is usually on specialist teaching for pretty well every subject.

    In primary, almost all subjects are taught by the class teacher right up to Year 6 (unless e.g.P.E. or Music is taught by specialists to give classteachers their PPA time).

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