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    Hello,

    This is my first post so I apologize if it is in the wrong area or has been asked before.

    I'm currently studying History BA in my second year.

    I am still quite confused about my career path but have done a couple of short term work experiences in classrooms, one in primary education and one in secondary education.

    I was initially wanting to go into teaching History at secondary school but lack confidence in my ability to ensure grades are met at A level and GCSE - obviously would be capable but my confidence doesn't allow.

    I then thought about primary education, and believe I would be able to teach effectively and enjoy this.

    My concern here is career advancement. I know of many positions in secondary schools to advance a teachers skill base and of course as a result the pay level. I like to keep myself busy and am concerned that I may become bored in a primary school as options to take on higher roles are limited?

    Also, would having a History degree benefit at all in terms of pay or extra opportunities in a primary school? As I can't help thinking I've wasted 3 years of my life...

    Any advice or knowledge is welcome.

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    (Original post by katie1997SR)
    Hello,

    This is my first post so I apologize if it is in the wrong area or has been asked before.

    I'm currently studying History BA in my second year.

    I am still quite confused about my career path but have done a couple of short term work experiences in classrooms, one in primary education and one in secondary education.

    I was initially wanting to go into teaching History at secondary school but lack confidence in my ability to ensure grades are met at A level and GCSE - obviously would be capable but my confidence doesn't allow.

    I then thought about primary education, and believe I would be able to teach effectively and enjoy this.

    My concern here is career advancement. I know of many positions in secondary schools to advance a teachers skill base and of course as a result the pay level. I like to keep myself busy and am concerned that I may become bored in a primary school as options to take on higher roles are limited?

    Also, would having a History degree benefit at all in terms of pay or extra opportunities in a primary school? As I can't help thinking I've wasted 3 years of my life...

    Any advice or knowledge is welcome.

    Katie
    Primary. Do primary. Primary’s great. Although I’ll be starting a primary PGCE in September, so I’m biased.

    Most primary schools are much smaller than secondary schools and therefore there’s more opportunity to progress than in a secondary.

    Teachers are paid the same regardless of degree. However, you obviously need a degree to become a teacher so you won’t have wasted three years of your life.
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    (Original post by El Mapache)
    Primary. Do primary. Primary’s great. Although I’ll be starting a primary PGCE in September, so I’m biased.

    Most primary schools are much smaller than secondary schools and therefore there’s more opportunity to progress than in a secondary.

    Teachers are paid the same regardless of degree. However, you obviously need a degree to become a teacher so you won’t have wasted three years of your life.
    Thanks for replying.

    I hadn't even thought about it in this respect.

    I forget that a person would have spent 3 years doing an education degree or similar - whereas I just get to do a degree I enjoy to some extent!

    I guess there must be opportunities to take on extra courses in SEN within primary schools that accommodate this for extra responsibility etc.
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    (Original post by katie1997SR)
    Thanks for replying.

    I hadn't even thought about it in this respect.

    I forget that a person would have spent 3 years doing an education degree or similar - whereas I just get to do a degree I enjoy to some extent!

    I guess there must be opportunities to take on extra courses in SEN within primary schools that accommodate this for extra responsibility etc.
    https://www.gov.uk/government/public...rning-outcomes

    From this webpage: 'In September 2009 it became law for every new SENCO in a mainstream school to gain the Master’s-level National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator within 3 years of taking up the post.'

    You would stand out more on an application form with a different degree as well, more so than people with an undergraduate teacher training degree.
 
 
 
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