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    Default Question for the teachers out there

    Hi all, so I am currently re-applying to teach, I'm secondary qualified, but am honking about changing that to primary. I'm in nsw, how do i do this? Do I need to do a course/s? Or is it simply trying to get casual and get my foot in the door?

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    Default Re: Question for the teachers out there

    You'd be able to get casual, but I think you might find it hard to get a temp contract in primary with secondary because there are just so many teachers out there. A woman I worked with a few years ago was secondary trained, but needed to do some additional units to teach primary on a permanent basis. You will technically only be qualified by BOSTES to teach 7-12 so if a permanent job came up in a primary school, you more than likely wouldn't get it over someone qualified to teach K-6. Looking at the BOSTES site you may even need to do your masters in primary teaching (no grad dips anymore for teaching) because I'm guessing you've specialised in a field of education and in primary you teach across all KLA's. Every NSW teacher has approval to teach all grades, but usually only on a casual/temp basis. Permanent is a whole other kettle of fish because the department and school determines what qualifications/skills they need teachers to have for the permanent appointment.

    Either way you will have to start with casual - class cover is a good place to start and temp blocks are hard to come by! Good luck with it all though

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    Default Re: Question for the teachers out there

    Thanks Trillian!! You've pretty much said what I was thinking, I've looked around but no one really gives much advice as to how to do it. If I knew me now when I was deciding I think I would have leaned towards primary instead of secondary, but that was a long time ago haha
    I think I might have to give bostes a call, mind you my transcript says I can teach k-12 in the permanent section, so I think I'll give them a call next week.
    Thank you heaps!!!! xo

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    No worries. Good luck with calling though - like anything the information you get can be conflicting/confusing depending on who you get when you call. BOSTES handles accreditation for teachers, but you will have to reapply to teach with them and pay your $100 fee to them before you can start teaching anyway. The problem with staffing though is that when a position comes up, Staffing decides how the role will be filled - Principals can push for certain things, but a lot of the time it's out of their hands when it comes to the holy grail of a permanent job. Most jobs are filled by temp contracts.

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    Yeah I'm thinking the chances of anything full time would be zip but that's ok, it's more a long term goal I think. Focus is casual for the next year or so then I'll go from there, well that's unless something doesn't come up first though.
    I think I've timed my application so I dont have to pay any money to bostes until next year, they don't charge for the calendar year if you sign up after oct 1

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