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what quals are needed to be an english teacher

Discussion in 'English' started by kungadred, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. kungadred

    kungadred New commenter

    hi what qualifications are needed to be an english teacher in schools/FE.
    I have a CELTA and DTLLS but at 50 have only taught abroad (Africa) and have barely taught in the UK- A few ESOL classes (adult learning).
    I've got very little knowledge of the UK curriculum and OFSTEDs protocol.
    I'm also concerned that the old style chalk and talk is no longer relevant as the glitzy smartboard is now the de rigueur of the classroom .
    I have a media degree in film theory and cultural studies but no specific english lit qualification or QTS.
    Any thoughts??
  2. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    It depends which part of the UK you want to teach in and also, if England, what type of school. Without QTS, it does seem rather unlikely that a school would employ you.
  3. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Errrm so you have no qualifications in English, no qualifications in teaching, little knowledge of the curriculum, no knowledge of teaching methods other than we tend not to have chalkboards anymore...And yet you want to be an English teacher?
    As @Flere-Imsaho said, it does seem unlikely that a school would employ you.
    You will also need rather more to get on most PGCE courses, maybe work as a TA for a while.
    wanet likes this.
  4. install

    install Star commenter

    Try Supply agencies initially to see if you can get some experience of UK schools under your belt- you never know...
  5. blueskydreaming

    blueskydreaming Lead commenter

    Teaching EFL is nothing like teaching secondary English, it is after all a completely different subject.

    If you want to become a secondary English teacher you need to top up your subject knowledge, for example by completing some English language and/or literature modules with the Open University. You need to spend some time in schools, either as a TA or volunteer. Then you need to apply for a PGCE with QTS, which will be competitive.

    Alternatively, depending on where you live, you might be able to use your EFL teaching skills in schools if there are large volumes of new arrivals, as a TA or EFL teacher. There might be FE work teaching EFL, if your experience and preference is young adults/adults.
  6. blowswind

    blowswind Occasional commenter

    or qualify in RE or some other subject and then bide your time because sooner or later teacher shortages will mean you'll get asked to teach English whatever your qualifications.
  7. Urbanfaerie

    Urbanfaerie Occasional commenter

    Try and get some voluntary work/supply. I think it's unlikely you'd be hired unless a school was desperate as you would need a PGCE or similar and an English degree or experience. You never know though.
  8. kungadred

    kungadred New commenter

    Thanks ..having taught abroad for a number of years, i realise things in the uk have changed a bit and i'm aware a lot of NQTs are said to be leaving in their droves so thats an added concern. Will look at english/media specialism (pls holla if u know good courses) and I'll look into TA although the rate is very low seems this mayb the best way as can't afford to volunteer sadly (mortgage woes)...but hey ho! Many thanks..

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