blossomsmum
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Hi all,

New to the forum so just thought I would say hello! I am a qualified midwife and I have been considering a career change. I have always had a passion for teaching, wanting to specialise in teenage pregnancy throughout my training and post qualifying. However the opportunity hasn't arisen, and after speaking to family, colleagues and friends regarding my considering leaving midwifery I thought I would ask you fine people for some advice as I am unsure where to start.

I have a first in my midwifery degree, I have undertaken many parent education sessions whilst working and find that educating women and their families is a part of my every day work life! But I have no real specific experience of volunteering in a school. Do you think it would be best to begin there? My local high school are eager for me to go in and talk to their students about my current profession. Maybe I should start there?

What are the different ways of getting in to teaching? I see lots of abbreviations on here that I don't quite understand yet? I understand PGCE would be open for me to apply for but what are my other options?

Many thanks in advance :-)
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Do you have an idea of what you want to teach? Age group? Subject? I would start with that and find out whether it's possible with your degree first. Then get as much experience as you can. It will benefit you when you come to apply and also it's for you to find out whether this is for you. Gives you a chance to speak to teachers and find out if teaching is really for you.

Any abbreviations you don't know - just ask. I probably don't know them all either

Your other options could be SCITT/School Direct. A good place to start is https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk Lots of info on routes and finance. Also has open days etc listed, so you could pop along to one and ask questions.
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Hi blossomsmum,
Definitely look at the getintoteaching website that gizmodo put a link for, and register for info and school experience placements. Depending on subject, you may be eligible for a premium plus advisor. I had one - very useful.
I am making a move from pharmacist to secondary chemistry teacher. I have been in learning and development and have been used to teaching adults and undergrads. I have found the process for applying reasonably clear - just keep asking questions.
You will find having work experience as a professional means there are lots of similarities eg professional standards, CPD etc.
I think there are lots of us career changers out there. Good luck!
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Thank you both ever so much for your replies. You have both been so very useful!

Will definitely be visiting getintoteaching website and exploring my options. I'll also look into the premium plus advisor! I have a close friend who is a teacher so she has given me a realistic view on teaching it's just taking the plunge now!

Thanks to you both again!
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You are very welcome and I wish you all the best. 😀
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Hi blossomsmum

UCAS explains the postgraduate routes into teaching really clearly (https://www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-tr...oute-right-you). The School Direct salaried route sounds great but it's very competitive. I would go down the uni-led PGCE route.

I'm thinking of having a career change to become a midwife or primary teacher so hope you don't mind me asking you about midwifery! I'm more interested in midwifery but primary teaching is a family friendly career with much better hours. Why do you want to leave midwifery if you don't mind me asking? It may help me make my decision
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Hi Blossomsmum, I know this post was over 3 years ago but I'm just curious if you made the change to teaching? I myself was a midwife and changed to teaching and just wanted to know how you got on.
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