Worried that 35 will be too old for an NQT

(30 Posts)
ShadeofViolet Sun 16-Jun-13 16:17:08

After reading a few of the threads on here over the last few days.

I am 30 in a few months and have just about finished my first year of my part time degree, which is 5 years plus a years PGCE.

Will I be too old for a secondary NQT?

OttilieKnackered Thu 04-Jul-13 07:40:41

You absolutely will not be too old. Think the oldest person on my PGCE a few years ago was in his very late 40s. Still up to 20 years to teach.

However, can we stop the younger teacher bashing, please? I pretty much went from school to college to university to teaching. I also had a variety of terrible part time jobs to support myself. Retail, industrial cleaning, catering, some childcare. I do know what the 'real world' is like. I also have plenty of friends in other jobs of many types who share their experiences with me.

I've never understood why teaching is considered by some not to be in this 'real world'.

Habbibu Wed 03-Jul-13 22:13:46

Oh, phew. Glad to read this thread. I'm applying for pgde in Oct, and if I get on, will be 43 when I start NQT year.

MrsSalvoMontalbano Sun 30-Jun-13 16:21:35

not to mention the fact that a DC will chirp up 5 mins before leaving for school to tell you they need an aadvark costume for assembly that morning....

changeforthebetter Fri 28-Jun-13 22:24:13

Noth - yes, but please acknowledge there is a difference between tidying/washing for an adult or two and the general mayhem of primary school bags full of spellings, letters, "artwork", sibling rivalry, party invites, lunch bags to clean and refill, uniform to prepare..........

bigTillyMint Fri 28-Jun-13 17:14:36

I have had a fabulous PGCE student for the past 3 weeks. She is 34 and will make a fantastic NQT aged 35.

You have at least 30 working years ahead of you still!shock

SandStorm Fri 28-Jun-13 17:08:29

I've just qualified - I'm 44.

nothruroad Fri 28-Jun-13 17:06:26

Change for the better - do teachers without children not need to cook, wash clothes or tidy up?

MrsSalvoMontalbano Thu 27-Jun-13 18:05:29

Disagree about 50 being a barrier! Local friend just landed School Direct secondary placement with PGCE, she will be NQT with PGCE next year, aged 54. Hefty non-means-tested bursary. She also was up against younger people, but she was very well qualified (good degree, good university. good career background in business) and the school preferred a person who had had teenage DC herself and with a good career history outside education.

Coconutfeet Wed 26-Jun-13 22:38:06

I was 40 and pregnant for my NQT year. Please don't worry.

ninah Wed 26-Jun-13 21:20:09

I am primary NQT of 45, I love it!

Bumpstarter Wed 26-Jun-13 11:03:03

Yes.. There are lovely young teachers out there, dedicated and committed ones, but we definately need a mix of ages in the workforce, and being an nqt with parenting experience does give you an edge in certain respects. Good luck! I hope you work in wonderful schools with lovely colleagues and families.

changeforthebetter Wed 26-Jun-13 09:44:26

Good point, bump smile DD had a lovely young teacher whom she adored. However, I do like the fact that she is now taught by an older NQT who is a mum. They can empathise much better. DD is having a rough time this year so we both need more understanding. I also know what it's like to be on the parent chair on parents' evening when the news is not so good.

That said, I am wildly jealous of the energy and freedom non-parent teachers have - rough day? Some schoolwork, bath and early night v. Cook meal, get washing on, supervise homework, tidy up, bedtime routine and then decide how much schoolwork you can do before you fall over with exhaustion! envy

Bumpstarter Tue 25-Jun-13 21:29:56

As a parent, I would far prefer my child to be taught by a 35 yr old nqt, than somebody who has been to school, been to university, done teacher training and gone straight back to school again.... No life experience and often very limited understanding of other spheres of life than education.

changeforthebetter Tue 25-Jun-13 21:23:58

45 when I started my NQT. Yes, ageism is a factor sometimes but then so are life skills which are more in abundance the older you get. I do get called "Mum" more often than I would like <hmm> grin

LittleEsme Tue 25-Jun-13 21:14:45

Just finished my NQT year (had my final obs and file inspection last Wednesday).

I'm 40.

Worry not.

I am 33 and just completing my NQT and I was far from the oldest on my course. Go for it

ubik Mon 17-Jun-13 17:36:59

I will be 41!

(and mortgaged til 68)

Euphemia Mon 17-Jun-13 17:35:29

Star grin

Phineyj Mon 17-Jun-13 17:12:32

I will be about to turn 41 when I start my NQT year. I feel a lot less old in teaching than in my previous career surrounded by 20 somethings!

SoTiredAgain Mon 17-Jun-13 15:10:54

I was 40 and pregnant when I started my NQT. grin

stargirl1701 Mon 17-Jun-13 09:11:55

Euphemia, I see my self wandering into a class with a zimmer saying, 'I remember IPods, children.' gringringrin

beamme Sun 16-Jun-13 21:15:08

shadeofviolet I am in a similar position to you except I'm 33!
I've just finished my first year of the foundation degree so will be 37/38 in my NQT year. I then plan on doing another 2 year specialist course after my NQT year, so will be 40 by the time I am fully qualified. But there's still 25 years left to work after that!

Euphemia Sun 16-Jun-13 21:10:01

Bollocks - I was 41. smile

PS No bloody way I'm working til 67/68.

ShadeofViolet Sun 16-Jun-13 18:46:59

That is great to hear, I was starting to despair, thinking I had left it too late.

happilyconfused Sun 16-Jun-13 16:34:08

No problem. I think the main barriers in teaching is when you hit fifty then it is hard to get AHT jobs and if you want to move school at UPS3. Good luck.

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