Retraining

(5 Posts)
Gorja Thu 27-Jun-13 21:58:46

Hi,

Have completely confused myself by googling so thought I would ask here.

Have been a mental health nurse for fifteen years but would really love to teach secondary school maths.

Is there anyway of retraining without having to go back to uni and do a maths degree?
Would my experience count in anyway towards anything?

Thanks

titchy Thu 27-Jun-13 22:05:59

You could work as a TA supporting students with literacy and numeracy problems.

But to teach maths to GCSE and A level standard with presumably no higher than A Level maths yourself - I really hope the answer is 'no you absolutely need a maths degree!'

sashh Fri 28-Jun-13 03:33:28

As a teacher I find that quite insulting.

Could I do your job without nurse training?

bex2011 Fri 28-Jun-13 11:07:10

I don't think op is saying she doesn't want to train, just aaking if she needs to do a full maths degree. Schools are looking for people with the potential to be outstanding teachers. They will look at the content of your degree and A-levels to see if you the right knowledge.

Do an Internet search for the governments train to teach initiative. Once you have worked out what subject you can teach you will then need to do a pgce or in school training programme like the gtp.

A friend of mine has recently got a job teaching English with a sport science and drama degree and post 16 pgce which she is converting to 11-16 pgce.

MagratGarlik Mon 01-Jul-13 21:14:03

You can do a 1 year subject knowledge enhancement course, followed by a PGCE as it is in a shortage subject.

With a nursing degree, you may otherwise be able to get on a science pgce with biology as your A'level specialism.

I know a few people who have had humanities degrees and did subject knowledge enhancement courses before taking maths or science pgce's. I also know a few HCP's (physios, OT's not nurses) who did science pgce's on the back of the biology content in their first degree.

Speak to a few training providers, as some are more prepared to consider unusual backgrounds than others.

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