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Which route can I take to become a primary teacher?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Lara mfl 05, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    There are courses GTP (Graduate Training Programme) where you study whilst you teach, but competition is very serious for these and I think you have to find a school to sponsor you once you've been accepted.
    You're right it's eriously competitive in teaching generally at the moment, but especially in Primary.
    Whichever training you choose, competition will be fierce and, after the course, competition for jobs eveb fiercer.
    As to the Primary /Secondary debate, do you want to teach your subject? In which case you need to look at Secondary. Or do you want to devlop young people's abilities, talents, social skills etc. right across a whole range of subjects- choose Primary.
  2. marylamb

    marylamb New commenter

    Ive heard from so many people, that after a few months in Primary school, they think it is very easy because the children are youger etc - the endless paperwork is a killer - trust me!
    If I was you, i would decide which age range I want to teach and then speak to the TDA about finding a suitable route. There are many routes to teaching, but dont make the mistake of rushing in.
    Have you considered the SCITT - (School centered Initial Teacher training)? -
  3. Primary seems more apealing to me but it's probably too late to get onto a course next year.
  4. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    If you want to be a primary teacher then it will be best for you to train as one. If you train as a secondary teacher you will have almost no chance of getting a job in primary, especially if you aren't a maths or English specialist.

    You are right that it is fairly late for next year. Perhaps get a job as a TA in a primary school for a year or two and apply for Sept 2013 on a primary PGCE. Then you will have lots of experience and so be a in a good position to get a place on the course.

  5. I've have an offer for PGCE secondary
    starting 2012 but feel like I would be doing the children a disservice because
    I really have no passion for it.
  6. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    And if you want a job as a primary teacher you need to train as such or you have no hope. You would be better off, in the long term, giving up the secondary place and waiting a year for a primary one.
  7. Might have to bight the bullet in that case. Is it diffcult to find work as a TA?

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