How to become a primary school teacherWatch
I’m currently in my first year of level 3 teaching assistant apprenticeship. I want to become a primary school teacher eventually but not sure what the right path is to do so. I want to keep my job while training so I can’t do full time at uni. However, I know that if you do part time you still need to do placements which I will have to take time off work for and not sure If I can lose my job because of that. Any suggestions on the right path to go forwards.
Firstly, there is Teach First and Schools Direct, which both offer salaried courses to enable you to become a teacher. You would obviously have to leave your job, but you would be able to earn whilst you train.
Secondly, there is the assessment only route- if you are teaching full classes in your school, you'd be able to follow this route to get qualified after about two years of experience. It usually takes a bit less than a year to get qualified this way.
If you need a degree, could you look at a part time open uni degree which you could study whilst working? You could then follow one of the post grad routes into teacher training.
I think it's very unlikely you could do a Primary Ed. degree and keep working as a teaching assistant.