Primary and Secondary Teaching During Lockdown
All schools across England can reopen on Monday 8th March. The Prime Minister has announced details of Government plans to lift the national lockdown. From the 8th March, all students across all year groups can return to face-to-face teaching in schools and colleges.
This news comes alongside the Prime Minister’s announcement that secondary schools and colleges will receive twice-weekly COVID-19 testing of pupils. This will be initially conducted on-site and then carried out at home by parents or carers. For a limited period of time, students and teachers in higher education, further education and secondary schools will be asked to wear face coverings indoors. This has also been recommended in primary schools and early years settings, such as nurseries, when social distancing is not possible.
There is an ongoing debate around whether schools are driving the spread of infections, despite the continued damage to children’s wellbeing.
As it currently stands, only vulnerable children and children of key workers are now allowed to attend school for education, but this will change from 8th March. At the same time, other students have had to engage in remote lessons taught by teachers.
Teaching students face-to-face is one of the many rewards of the job, and why many people get into teaching in the first place. It is a rewarding career choice with so many benefits, but recent times have changed the landscape of what being a teacher is all about. Up until the beginning of 2020, teachers were responsible for educating students in person about engaging in new tasks, behaviour, social skills, critical thinking, and so much more. Nowadays, that is predominantly done via a computer screen, which doesn’t have the same effect.
Luckily, many aspiring teachers are on the lookout for teaching careers, because the demand from schools hasn’t waned. There are still teaching positions available, and if anything, they are more in need because of the current state of the sector. Therefore, even during a global pandemic, you can still look for routes into becoming a primary school or secondary school teacher. Always Flourishing are here to help you along the way.
Should I Choose a Primary or Secondary School Teaching Career?
One of the biggest decisions an aspiring teacher may have to make is whether it’s better to work in a primary school or a secondary school. Both are vastly different environments, offering different experiences, and not just because of the age groups and subjects. Both are challenging but equally rewarding career choices.
Difference between Primary and Secondary School Teachers
- Primary schools - primary education is seen as the basics which every person should have, and benefit from. Teachers require good foundational knowledge in maths, geography, sciences, history, reading and writing, to be able to pass on that knowledge to students. Teachers will typically work with pupils up to age 11.
- Secondary schools - this is where knowledge can be fine-tuned, building on primary school education, and branched out into specific subjects. Children will begin to make choices for themselves regarding what they want to study, but will still learn subjects like maths, English, science and usually a foreign language. Usually, teachers will work with students aged 12 to 16, but some teachers will teach Sixth Form from 16+. You’ll usually have one or two specialist subjects to teach.
Regardless of whether you’re a secondary or primary school teacher, you’ll spend a lot of time outside the classroom marking and planning lessons. Not to mention the seemingly endless admin. It’s demanding, especially with the prevalence of remote school lessons, but it can still be rewarding.
Can You Move from a Primary School to Secondary School Teaching?
Technically, yes, as long as you have QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), you can apply for a secondary teaching job. You’ll need a good knowledge of your specialist subject, and SKE (Subject Knowledge Enhancement) courses are good options for this.
If you’re a secondary teacher and want to teach in primary schools, it’s still possible. But you’ll need to move away from your specialism and familiarise yourself with the entire curriculum. You could spend time working as a teaching assistant or become a supply teacher to build up your primary education skills.
Education Recruitment Agencies
Whatever your reason is for getting into teaching, be sure to think about your own personal and professional goals. Make informed decisions based on what you learn and find out.
Why not look for a primary or secondary school teaching position with Always Flourishing? We source candidates across the Thames Valley to fill specific teaching jobs in schools that are looking for applicants of your calibre. Register here today!