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Hello, I've recently considered teaching as a career but I am unsure whether I would like to do PGCE primary or secondary. The only thing I worry about with secondary is being abused by teenagers lol and I am not a very confident person. However, the prospect of teaching lots of subjects at primary seems daunting and I only achieved a c at GCSE for maths/science. Not sure if schools will be offering teaching experience in sept so what's the best way of deciding between the two?
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I would say secondary is best if you have a real passion for a specific subject, and you want to share that. I feel like it would be challenging to teach at secondary level if you aren't really enthused about the subject you're teaching going in, because you're doing it all day every day (unless it's something like psychology / business where you often end up filling your timetable with some other subjects too).

Obviously, getting school experience right now is hard, but if at all possible, I would hold off on applying until you're sure on which path you want. Teacher training is quite a stressful year, so it's important to be confident going into it that this is what you want to do. You could look into work as a TA for next year, so you can familiarise yourself with a school setting, get paid, and also have time to gain experience?
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Hello, I've recently considered teaching as a career but I am unsure whether I would like to do PGCE primary or secondary. The only thing I worry about with secondary is being abused by teenagers lol and I am not a very confident person. However, the prospect of teaching lots of subjects at primary seems daunting and I only achieved a c at GCSE for maths/science. Not sure if schools will be offering teaching experience in sept so what's the best way of deciding between the two?
You have a long time to apply for an ITT course next year, and applying early is not necessarily an advantage. If you can't decide between the two, then do try to get some school experience next year- as well as perhaps some voluntary experience with each age group.

Which subject would you teach at secondary level?
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You have a long time to apply for an ITT course next year, and applying early is not necessarily an advantage. If you can't decide between the two, then do try to get some school experience next year- as well as perhaps some voluntary experience with each age group.

Which subject would you teach at secondary level?
Thanks for your advice. I think I'm panicking because I've heard that places on courses fill up quite quickly. I would teach history at secondary as I have a history degree.
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Thanks for your advice. I think I'm panicking because I've heard that places on courses fill up quite quickly. I would teach history at secondary as I have a history degree.
Places on PGCEs don't fill up that quickly, and unis deliberately won't fill places straight away. Some SCITT courses/schools direct places go more quickly, but I still think it is more important to be sure about what age group you want to teach.

I would be hopeful of being able to get some experience in school early in the spring term (assuming no second wave), and you could apply to a PGCE course after that. You're more likely to be successful with relevant experience too.
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Hello, I've recently considered teaching as a career but I am unsure whether I would like to do PGCE primary or secondary. The only thing I worry about with secondary is being abused by teenagers lol and I am not a very confident person. However, the prospect of teaching lots of subjects at primary seems daunting and I only achieved a c at GCSE for maths/science. Not sure if schools will be offering teaching experience in sept so what's the best way of deciding between the two?
Hello olxvia

I chose to work in Secondary as while I enjoyed working with smaller children (at Primary level) I preferred working with young people who were 11 years or older. Partly as the older children seem to cry less, and also I felt that secondary stage people had an excuse for poor behaviour - their hormone changes! Joking aside, I ended up working in a school for teenagers who were excluded from their schools, and can't say I was ever abused by any of them in 12 years of teaching.

I think either place can be significantly engaging, exciting, hard work and joyful! The main differences are -

Primary
Often smaller schools and so career progression can be challenging.
You develop deep and close bonds to your class as you teach them all year around.
You need to have a broad range of subject knowledge and expertise.

Secondary
Work-load can be reduced by teaching the same (adapted) lesson to different classes in the same year group.
Opportunities to teach outside of your specialism, but not always expected

If you'd like to explore your options further, please register here for support with a Teacher Training course application.

All the best, Jane
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Hello olxvia

I chose to work in Secondary as while I enjoyed working with smaller children (at Primary level) I preferred working with young people who were 11 years or older. Partly as the older children seem to cry less, and also I felt that secondary stage people had an excuse for poor behaviour - their hormone changes! Joking aside, I ended up working in a school for teenagers who were excluded from their schools, and can't say I was ever abused by any of them in 12 years of teaching.

I think either place can be significantly engaging, exciting, hard work and joyful! The main differences are -

Primary
Often smaller schools and so career progression can be challenging.
You develop deep and close bonds to your class as you teach them all year around.
You need to have a broad range of subject knowledge and expertise.

Secondary
Work-load can be reduced by teaching the same (adapted) lesson to different classes in the same year group.
Opportunities to teach outside of your specialism, but not always expected

If you'd like to explore your options further, please register here for support with a Teacher Training course application.

All the best, Jane
Hi Jane, thanks for your advice it was very helpful!
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I personally haven't had any experience with younger children in my life so there were a lot more 'unknowns' going into primary than secondary teaching.

I felt I'd be happy with secondary teaching as I'd be able to specialise in my field of interest, but undertook some observations across both primary and secondary schools anyway. This confirmed for me that secondary would be the best option for me. I'd 100% recommend observing the two if you get the opportunity, it will really help you see the reality of what your day-to-day life and work could be.
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