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Non-standard ways to teach?

I'm a PGCE graduate who specialised in Further Education. The exam focused culture put me off "normal" teaching. I know many teachers find pleasure in getting kids through exams and into university, and mean no offence to these people at all, but it's just not for me.

That being said I got a Distinction in my PGCE, my placement reports were glowing, and every career advisor/test I've tried to see what else I could do with my life end up saying that I'd be a fantastic teacher ><

So I thought it'd be worth exploring alternative ways of teaching rather than writing it off just because I hate exam culture. I know some do independent stuff like the various language app creators, the youtube educational content creators etc. but as this is presumably the hobby/casual learner market I wouldn't know where to start, and guessing it's not a career move.

I know it's a long shot as this is a forum for PGCE applicants/graduates but if anyone has any thoughts, or suggestions for other places I could ask this question or things I can go and read up on etc. then I'd be super grateful :smile:
(edited 5 months ago)
I'm a PGCE graduate who specialised in Further Education. The exam focused culture put me off "normal" teaching. I know many teachers find pleasure in getting kids through exams and into university, and mean no offence to these people at all, but it's just not for me.

That being said I got a Distinction in my PGCE, my placement reports were glowing, and every career advisor/test I've tried to see what else I could do with my life end up saying that I'd be a fantastic teacher ><

So I thought it'd be worth exploring alternative ways of teaching rather than writing it off just because I hate exam culture. I know some do independent stuff like the various language app creators, the youtube educational content creators etc. but as this is presumably the hobby/casual learner market I wouldn't know where to start, and guessing it's not a career move.

I know it's a long shot as this is a forum for PGCE applicants/graduates but if anyone has any thoughts, or suggestions for other places I could ask this question or things I can go and read up on etc. then I'd be super grateful :smile:

Hello @Ysn

You could look at alternative education settings, for example Forrest Schools or Montessori. Alternatively, there is hospital education, Special schools or Pupil referral units. (You would likely need QTS for these) You might look into the adult education sector, or community learning groups.

Outside of educational settings, you could consider roles in the leisure sector, for example, leading on education groups in museums, aquariums, zoos etc.

Wishing you well,

Jane :smile:

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