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    Quote Originally Posted by Iain.Faulkner View Post
    I think you're spot on, however as my wife is a recently qualified teacher I think I've seen enough of the evening work and the masses of admin she has to do, plus parents evenings etc and it hasn't put me off....

    Some more research required yet though I think.
    Good luck. I know your wife is a teacher (as you say) - but please don't be put off my negative teachers. It is a great job - yes it comes with it's stresses and complaints but the pay is okay, the holidays are okay and if you get a good school you are set.

    I've been in my school for 13 years and whilst the advice is to move around and gain experience I am finally happy here (after a stressful time with a previous member of staff). I could stay here for a long time.

    Go for it and good luck to you. As you are a techie now you will be in an excellent position to work and understand any techies who will support you in your department.

    Gareth

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    Quote Originally Posted by tudorcrisp View Post
    I am in your position. My girlfriend is a teacher and I have seen the other side as well so I am going into this with my eyes completely open.
    Good luck to you as well. See my post to Iain below - same applies. It's a wonderful job. Okay you get bad days, but so does everyone else.

    Gareth

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    I did the GTP route rather than PGCE.

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    One of my Techies got poached by the ICT Department and did his GTP here. You would never know he had been a techie now...

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    I dont have a degree. If I did I might consider it but unless there is a way in without, I dont see myself going that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rad View Post
    I dont have a degree. If I did I might consider it but unless there is a way in without, I dont see myself going that way.
    What about the FE way to gain the QTLS status, via the DTTLS (see here for an example) and IfL?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rad View Post
    I dont have a degree. If I did I might consider it but unless there is a way in without, I dont see myself going that way.
    I do not know of a way into teaching without a relevant degree. There is a female member of staff here who wants to be an ICT teacher but even though I know she has the skills there is no entry path in to teaching as she doesn't have the qualifications. Right now she is doing an OU Open Degree and has chosen some ICT modules. I'm not sure when she will finish that or if I will need a teacher at that time.

    I do need an extra specialist at the moment but the school isn't letting me. I have a good student teacher (PGCE) at the moment but he has just had a job in another school. Gutted.

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    One of my friends started her training with adult ed, did all the quals she could (city and guilds etc) and ended up with Qualified Teacher status - I didnt think this was equivalent to PGCE, SCITT or GTP but she started doing supply for my school and now teaches at a local school part-time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iain.Faulkner View Post
    Morning all,

    Just a bit of a wondering really.

    Has anyone on here made the move from Technical Support to Teacher?
    I've been a teacher for 7 years, before that I was a network manager. There aren't that many ICT teachers who have IT backgrounds, and if you can code there's a chance you'll be in demand with the rise of computing as a subject. I now teach both the boring ICT GCSE but also Computing GCSE and A level (which is much more fun). The pay's better as a teacher, but the workload isn't. And the daily Gove dribble and constant meddling really annoys at times.



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