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Ways to gain primary experience

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by newICTeacher, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. I am looking to move to primary education (currently in a middle school) but do not have KS1 and lower KS2 experience. I have been looking into courses that will help me gain an understanding of the primary curriculum but the only ones I have found are teaching assistant ones.
    My question is: if I complete one of these courses would it help me get an interview/job?
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Your biggest 'problem' (not a good word but can't think of an alternative at the mo') is that Primary teachers are all-rounders, <u>not</u> specialists, so any courses wouldn't neccessarily help.
    They might need <u>ICT technicians</u> to help run the VLE, sort out technical problems etc., but probably only in the larger Primaries will there be sufficient funding to allow them to consider those type of positions.
    Not probably much help to you or what you wanted to hear.
    The only way to get KS1/2 experience is by being in KS1/2 classes. Could you afford a pay drop and apply for work as a TA?
  3. Thanks for the reply.

    At the moment I teach a range of subjects at KS2 and KS3 ICT so have some experience of upper KS2 just not the rest of primary. I know that I will need to be an all rounder which is why I was trying to find a course to gibe me an overview of the primary curriculum that I could then work on, hence asking about at TA course.
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Oh, so you're familiar with a range of subjects. That's good.
    Many Primary schools are moving into an 'integrated curriculum' taught via Topics so you might look at the International Curriculum- theres' a whole section here on this site. Some schools use other schemes one of which is the Hamilton Trust. So you could look into that.
    In your applications you'll need to highlight your ability to teach the basics Maths and English and your experience of these.
    Don't forget any trainee teachers won't have experience of all ages during their training and part of being a Primary teacher is the very innovation one always has to do, often moving year groups every year or two and everyone starting from scratch as it were.

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