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A Career in Teaching - Isobel Kerr [Scottish Teacher Recruitment Team]


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The presentation is aimed at students who are thinking of a career in teaching in Scotland. It offers an overview of the teaching profession at both Primary and Secondary school level. In addition it will outline the nature of Teacher Education training courses as well as academic entry requirements, the application and interview process and current employment prospects.

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A Career in Teaching - Isobel Kerr [Scottish Teacher Recruitment Team]

  1. 1. Is Teaching for You? Presentation on behalf of the Scottish Government Learning Directorate Isobel Kerr
  2. 2. Why Teach? <ul><li>you can communicate </li></ul><ul><li>you like to help others </li></ul><ul><li>you have patience </li></ul><ul><li>you don’t mind hard work </li></ul><ul><li>you think you can do it </li></ul>
  3. 3. What are the job conditions like? <ul><li>Worthwhile job, varied and never dull </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent conditions of service </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Continued Professional Development built in </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Secure employment </li></ul><ul><li>Career progression is well defined </li></ul><ul><ul><li>chartered teacher status </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>range of promotion opportunities </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What will I earn? <ul><li>Probationer £21438 (2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Full Registration: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>starting salary £25716 (2010) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>top of basic scale £34200 (after 6 years) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Chartered Teacher £35253 - £41925 </li></ul><ul><li>Principal Teacher £37284 - £48120 </li></ul><ul><li>Depute/Head Teacher £42288 - £82542 </li></ul>
  5. 5. PGDE Primary <ul><li>Full time Professional Diploma of Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>18weeks of school experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>18 weeks academic study </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Strathclyde, UWS </li></ul><ul><li>Part time with distance learning (24 months) </li></ul><ul><li>Aberdeen University ( specific local authorities) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strathclyde University ( with specific local authorities) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not running in 2010/2011 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Entry requirements for PGDE Primary <ul><ul><li>Degree (any subject) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher English </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Standard Grade Credit Mathematics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Or recognised English and Mathematics equivalents) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. PGDE Secondary <ul><li>Full time Professional Diploma of Education (36 weeks) </li></ul><ul><li>18weeks of school experience </li></ul><ul><li>18 weeks academic study </li></ul><ul><li>Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Strathclyde, UWS </li></ul><ul><li>Part time (24 months) </li></ul><ul><li>Dundee -Chemistry with Science, Physics with Science, Home Economics, Mathematics, Modern Languages, English </li></ul><ul><li>Aberdeen (with specific local authorities) - English, Mathematics, Gaelic, Home Economics, Physics </li></ul><ul><li>Open University - full or part time PGCE in Mathematics </li></ul>
  8. 8. Entry requirements for PGDE Secondary <ul><li>Degree </li></ul><ul><li>(must include specific subject & credits requirements) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher English or equivalent </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What do I need for subject qualification? <ul><li>Degree attainment must include a minimum of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>80 SCOTCAT points in specific subject areas & levels </li></ul></ul>Secondary Subjects with Special Academic Requirements: Business Education Classics Community Languages Computing English Gaelic Home Economics Media Studies Modern Languages Modern Studies Music Physical Education Technological Education
  10. 10. Applications <ul><li>Through Graduate Teacher Training Registry </li></ul><ul><li>Direct application to UWS </li></ul><ul><li>PGDE (Primary) closing date 1 December </li></ul><ul><li>Early application is advised </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Interview mandatory </li></ul><ul><li>Disclosure Scotland clearance required </li></ul><ul><li>All academic qualifications before entry </li></ul>
  12. 12. Fees? <ul><li>Fees set at Undergraduate Fee level </li></ul><ul><li>home students - undergraduate fee regime continues </li></ul><ul><li>loans, bursaries and supplementary grants offered </li></ul><ul><li>normally no fees for EU citizens </li></ul><ul><li>students from outside EU - full fees payable </li></ul><ul><li>contact SAAS for specific rules </li></ul><ul><li>check with SAAS if you have a Higher Degree </li></ul>
  13. 13. Qualifying & Full Registration <ul><li>PGDE attainment gives Probationer status </li></ul><ul><li>Induction Scheme for newly qualified teachers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>guaranteed, one year training placement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>70% teaching load </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30% continued professional development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>salary(2010) - £21438 </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. What are the job prospects? Demographics Year Primary Secondary Total % leaving profession 2008 3,279 2,759 6,038 11.39% 2009 3,362 2,847 6,209 11.71% 2010 3,439 2,842 6,281 11.85% 2011 3,530 2,862 6,392 12.06% 2012 3,586 2,857 6,443 12.16% 2013 3,635 2,840 6,475 12.21% 2014 3,678 2,793 6,471 12.20% 2015 3,715 2,753 6,468 12.20%
  15. 15. What are the job prospects? <ul><li>Secondary: Priority subjects (2010/2011) </li></ul><ul><li>Gaelic, Mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>Home Economics, Physics, Technological Education </li></ul><ul><li>Biology, Business Education, Chemistry, English, Geography, History, Modern Languages, PE, RME </li></ul><ul><li>Primary: </li></ul><ul><li>high ratio of applicants to training places </li></ul><ul><li>Currently </li></ul><ul><li>Reductions in training places and employment opportunities </li></ul>
  16. 16. Current Initiatives <ul><li>Curriculum for Excellence </li></ul><ul><li>Aims to achieve a transformation in education in Scotland by providing a coherent, more flexible and enriched curriculum from 3 to 18. </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing Class Sizes </li></ul><ul><li>Concordat agreement with COSLA for P1, P2 ongoing </li></ul><ul><li>Review of Teacher Education – Donaldson Report </li></ul><ul><li>Review of McCrone </li></ul>
  17. 17. How do I find out more?