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Becoming a primary school teacher

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ilovemulberry Tue 17-Sep-13 19:31:48


Hopefully someone can help. I am currently on mat leave, I have worked for a niche recruitment firm for the last 3.5 years - since finishing the legal practice course. I have had some time out of work and realised I really don't want to go back there. I want to look at becoming a primary school teacher and would like some advice on the easiest routes. I have a 2.1 law degree, what is the best way for me to become a primary school teacher. I could volunteer at a school as a TA maybe one day a week if this would help?

Thanks for your advice

Inclusionist Tue 17-Sep-13 20:09:38

If you are looking for anything easy I would forget teaching!

The quickest route is School Direct but you would need quite a bit of relevant experience to be accepted, so yes, volunteering would help.

You need to know that primary teaching is now a pretty cut-throat, target driven work environment where you will be constantly judged against the outcomes you achieve without any contextual information being taken into consideration- anything fluffy and life-affirming has basically been eradicated. I am saying this and I like my job!!

Arisbottle Tue 17-Sep-13 20:22:13

I would look at secondary teaching, seems much easier and much less work

ilovemulberry Tue 17-Sep-13 20:30:41

I'm not looking for an easy ride, sorry if it sounded like that? I'm used to working in recruitment so a very cut throat corporate environment. I understand that work isnt just school hours. I didn't mean the easy way to get into just the best way to qualify

exoticfruits Tue 17-Sep-13 20:52:17

I was going to say the graduate teaching programme but see that I am now out of date. I would go into your local primary school and have a chat with the Head - if you have an approachable one. See if you can be a volunteer to get a feel for if you like it and also ask advice.

TwllBach Tue 17-Sep-13 21:13:57

Run, OP, run far and long away from the idea of teaching

Only joking

Sort of.

I am primary school teacher and I adore it and hate it in equal measure for a variety of reasons grin

ilovemulberry Tue 17-Sep-13 22:31:27

Haha twllbach. Maybe i should see how i cope with one before taking on a class room. Due tomorrow via c-section !

exoticfruits Wed 18-Sep-13 07:30:59

Congratulations- hope all goes well!

AliceinSlumberland Fri 20-Sep-13 18:27:21

School direct is the new graduate teacher programme, and they do some salaried places too. Give it a google.

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