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Would you employ me? (primary to secondary move)

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by ninek, Nov 11, 2018.

  1. ninek

    ninek New commenter

    Since early this year I have been working in a school that goes up to year 8 (private) mostly teaching the older years. I'm primary trained and most of my experience before this year is with 3-11 year olds (I've been teaching for 15 years now). I'm happy to be gaining experience with slightly older children and I'm enjoying narrowing my subject focus. This job is only temporary so I am now looking at my next step. I am considering applying to secondary schools so I can continue to be a subject specialist, but I am a little concerned that my lack of experience with older years will make me immediately undesirable. Any opinions on this would be much appreciated.
  2. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    You don't state what your subject specialism is? In my experience moving from primary to secondary is all about whether your subject area is in demand in the area you are living in. If its Maths then there is a Nationwide demand- English is in demand in South East and London. In addition you need to manage the transition from an independent setting to state schools.
  3. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    Year 7 and 8s in an independent school will be a very different teaching experience from 30+ pupils of the same age in a comprehensive school, if that is the move you are considering.
    Within the independent sector if your degree and subject knowledge are strong and you feel confident about teaching senior pupils it is possible to move to the older pupils. I know of someone who did this and who ended up in a department where they taught GCSE and ‘A’ Level as well as classes in the prep. school.
    agathamorse likes this.

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