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Transitioning from Primary to Secondary English.

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by tiarnanmcmeekin, Jan 8, 2020.

  1. tiarnanmcmeekin

    tiarnanmcmeekin New commenter

    I'm a qualified Primary teacher and have been working in primary mostly since graduating. My undergraduate degree is in English however, and technically my PGCE is entitled Primary Education with English Specialism. I enjoy Primary but love planning for and teaching English and English Literature in particular, and having done some shorter term work in post-primary I think I'd be up for it.

    I'm considering attempting to make the move, but I'm interested in advice and feedback from other teachers. Will I find it difficult to get interviews on account of my Primary PGCE? Are certain locations more forgiving than others? I've looked at the Republic of Ireland, which requires either an MA in the subject or a secondary specific teaching qualification, but I'm not sure how it works in England/Scotland/Wales/NI.

    Thank you.
  2. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Maybe look at prep schools and/or middle schools?

    Then you'd teach to year 8, and could teach mostly English.
    Scholarship level Common Entrance in year 8 in preps is pretty much GCSE level.

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