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Are there actually jobs for primary school teachers?
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Funkypolar · 20/10/2020 13:35

I keep reading online that primary jobs have a 100 applicants and that qualified teachers are working as TAs.

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colourofblue · 20/10/2020 13:39

I think it’s highly dependent on where you are. It’s probably true for some parts of rural wales, certainly, but I’ve been reading that since I did my PGCE in 2003. None of my friends have failed to get jobs.

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colourofblue · 20/10/2020 13:41

It also depends where online you’ve read that. Do bear in mind there are some out there with a dog in the race who charge a great deal of money for courses designed to help you get that perfect teaching job, won’t you? Wink

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toomuchicecream · 20/10/2020 15:59

Agree - it depends where in the country. Round her anyone with a pulse and a teaching qualification can take their pick of where they want to work.

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Funkypolar · 20/10/2020 16:58

Thanks. I’ve been accepted onto a PGCE but was a bit worried there won’t be any jobs!

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Scarby9 · 20/10/2020 21:30

The primary jobs market is very area-dependent.
I have had trainees tell me they want a job in their preferred yeargroup in their preferred size of school within half an hour's drive from home. That may be possible if you live in London or another large metropolis - less practical if you are in a small, popular town.
The more flexible you can be when looking for your first post, the better.
I know you have already accepted an offer on a PGCE course, OP, but I recommend potential trainees ask any ITT provider what percentage of the previous year's cohort of trainees had secured teaching posts by the start of September.

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Lancrelady80 · 21/10/2020 00:38

The TA thing can be a bit misleading...a number of teachers working as TAs choose to do so for work life balance, not simply because there aren't the jobs.

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sortedsortof · 22/10/2020 10:05

Think it’s pretty awful. Treats children like pets. Rewards, although always well intentioned, have been shown to reduce internal motivation.

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sortedsortof · 22/10/2020 11:44

Apologies meant to post on dojo thread!

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