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Would a primary school teaching qualification allow me to also teach secondary school (music)?

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by JustJon, Oct 4, 2017.

  1. JustJon

    JustJon New commenter

    So at the moment I'm still currently doing my level 5 in supporting teaching, so still a way to go before I reach a stage where I can take teacher training in a primary school. In the future though, I would like to teach music primarily - potentially secondary school as there really isn't a call for teachers who specialize in music for primary.

    If I have a teaching qualification at primary school level but wished to move to teaching secondary in music, would I have to go through the route of taking yet another teacher training course for secondary school on top of any music qualifications? Or would my primary teaching qualification be enough?

    Many thanks in advance
  2. blueskydreaming

    blueskydreaming Lead commenter

    A primary PGCE would allow you to teach in secondary as well, however you'd have to prove an understanding of the KS3-5 curriculum, and have some experience with secondary aged children, and of course have some musical qualifications, before schools would give you a chance. I don't know in general how competitive music is at secondary, or if it's considered a shortage subject - music departments always seem small at the schools I've worked at - so finding someone to give you a chance may be quite a challenge.

    Why do you want to start with primary, then move to secondary, if you don't mind me asking? If you are unsure about primary or secondary you should try to spend as much time as you can in both settings.
  3. Sillow

    Sillow Lead commenter

    There are primary schools who use specialist music teachers. Do some research this academic year, if you're still a way off choosing a teacher training course, to see what jobs are around and whereabouts in the country. It'll give you more of an idea.

    If you really want to teach primary then I would stick with that. Secondary music is very different (as I'm sure you're aware) and a lot of teachers are suited either to primary or secondary, not both. Moving to secondary just because you don't think you could teach music in primary would, I feel, be a bad decision. However, if you'd rather teach secondary, then train for secondary.
  4. JustJon

    JustJon New commenter

    The main reason for the switch to secondary is for (what I believed) to be more of an opportunity to specialise in music. In a perfect world I would stay in primary, but my long term goal would be to work in education with music which is quite difficult in primary.I have worked in primary for 2 years now and absolutely love it, but I'm not 100% sure if I want be a standard teacher all my life.
  5. blueskydreaming

    blueskydreaming Lead commenter

    You should get some experience at secondary then, see what you make of it.

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