Whether you’re a career changer, thinking about starting a BEd or you’re planning on taking the PGCE route you’ll find lots of advice here. Charlie Taylor will answer new topics containing "Dear Charlie" in the subject.
I am an EU qualified teacher of modern foreign languages. I graduated in 2002 but never taught in a school. I had a totally different career so far but would like to get into teaching. Are there any return to teaching courses that would also include hands-on teaching/practice in a school?
I was told by TDA that I do not qualify for a PGCE course because I am already a qualified teacher.
I also find it very difficult to get school experience. I contacted quite a few schools asking for a volunteer place to observe lessons, with no luck so far.
What should I do? Any advice would be much appreciated.
Gaining classroom experience is definitely the way forward. You may have better luck volunteering to help in classrooms rather than observing and it is always a good idea to get in touch with the head of department directly with your request. As you already have QTS, you can apply for positions immediately and may like to begin with supply work.
There is a Return to Teach programme and the school experience programme has proved so popular with returners that that there is currently no availability. There is, however, help and support available and the opportunity to speak to a teaching advocate. (www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/returning-to-teaching/sep-and-tap.aspx).
I wish you success in your teaching career.
Lin Hinnigan, Teaching Agency
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