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Thinking of retraining but not sure what to do, thought about teacher maybe...

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LonelyLinda Mon 11-Jul-11 12:12:14

but not sure how much teachers earn or what is involved in training to be a teacher. Think teacher the obvious choice for holidays etc.

I just wondered if anybody has done this and might be able to advise

BranchingOut Mon 11-Jul-11 14:05:14

Quick response, but there is loads of info out there on the web:

Do you have a degree already? This affects the training route you can take.
If you have a degree you can take a 1 year PGCE or GTP programme, if not then you are looking at a 3 or 4 year course.

Do you want to teach secondary or primary? One is about teaching your subject, the other is about teaching the whole curriculum to a particular age range.

I don't know the pay-scale off hand, but it ranges from about £24K to about £39k for a very experienced teacher, more if you take on additional responsibility.

Holidays - yes, great to work around school-age children BUT weigh that up against a very large volume of work and long hours during term time. The hours are also inflexible: there is no possibility of taking an odd day off if needed.
TDA - training and development agency for teachers.

LonelyLinda Mon 11-Jul-11 16:37:29

Thank you branching out, No I don't have a degree i'm afraid and since posting have looked into it a bit. It will be too long for me to train with me not having a degree, also my job pre-dc was about 20k so would prob be better off doing that and saving 5 years of stydying.

Thank you though

oneofsuesylvesterscheerios Mon 11-Jul-11 16:44:33

I think maybe if this is the first time it's occured to you, and the main reason is the holidays, and you haven't much of a clue already what it takes to be a teacher... then that might be your answer. sorry!

oneofsuesylvesterscheerios Mon 11-Jul-11 16:45:22

Have you thought about classroom assistant instead?

Oakmaiden Mon 11-Jul-11 16:54:57

Yes, I always think that if you aren't sure what you want to do and think being a teacher might be OK, then it is not the right job for you. Teaching is fantastic, but requires so much dedication that I think you have to be really driven to succeed at it.

Bue Mon 11-Jul-11 19:50:55

Agree with the others. Doesn't sound like teaching is for you at all.

What did you do before OP? What are your interests?

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