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Two years out of the classroom - would I need a refresher?

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by dav1970, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. dav1970

    dav1970 New commenter

    Hi - I’ve been out of the year 6 classroom for almost two years now (Circumstances in my personal life meant a return to my old career in IT). Call me insane but I’m yearning for it again at the ripe age of 48. I was a year 6 teacher for 6 years, literacy leader and acting deputy head. If I considered applying for jobs for a September start, do you think I would need some kind of curriculum refresher course? Or has not a great deal changed since May 2016? Thanks for your time, D
  2. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    You're insane.;)
    Stuff has changed since 2016, but not that much. Spend a couple of hours with the right practitionier and you'll see what's changed. See if you can go into a school for a couple of days.

    I'm saddened slightly at the premise of this post - that a mature and experienced teacher has been suckered into believing that two years out of the job renders them half out of date and past it,.
    Children are still children. 9x7 is stiil 63 (unless you're a politician).
  3. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Go and do something else - stay away from teaching.
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  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    God advice and I doubt there are any 'refresher courses' running these days. You have enough experience t be able to do te research needed to 'update' yourself'

    However you may need to think about the realities of going straight in as a Yr 6 teacher. Most schools like 'known entities' in such an important year and you may have to start in another year group. Is that still an attractive proposition? If not, as peakster suggest you may not be ready for a return to teaching.
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  5. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Try supply & earn while you learn. Many schools will require you to be little more than cover and you will have access to SOWs &c.
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  6. dav1970

    dav1970 New commenter

    Thanks for your reply and yes, it is sad! Why do they have to keep changing the goalposts? Somebody asked me yesterday if I would need a refresher or something along those lines and I said that I sincerely hope not - I could teach a class of 30 right now no matter what the subject. But that’s the reality of our beloved profession isn’t it? Anyway, appreciate that response. Got a long time to think this through thankfully! D
  7. dav1970

    dav1970 New commenter

    Thanks for that. I actually don’t want to go back to year 6. Before I left I dipped into early years for a week or two (year 2) and I absolutely loved it. So if I did return, I’d be hankering for years 2 to 4 if I could. D
  8. dav1970

    dav1970 New commenter

    Ha ha! Succinct and to the point there!
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  9. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    ooh apologies for the typo.:oops: Should of course read Good advice.;)

    I'm having problems again with my keyboard and mouse this morning and spell-checking is difficult and taking a time.:(
  10. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    You got a side-line as a prophet then?
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  11. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

  12. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Excellent idea...Year 3 is the absolute best!
    Just start applying, many schools are advertising already for September.
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  13. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

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