Q: I've completed a PGCE with qualified teacher status (QTS), but
found the paperwork involved in working as a whole class teacher for six
weeks stressful. Should I still complete my induction year or do you know
of any jobs I can do with children, just having QTS?
A: I am sorry you found More…the paperwork stressful on your final teaching
assignment. If the rest of the task was enjoyable, then why not persevere
and see whether you can reduce the stress as you gain greater experience
and through support from your colleagues?
The most obvious other job that you could undertake is as a classroom
assistant. You might need some more training for a specific role, and the
pay is much less than you would receive in teaching.
A compromise would be to complete your induction year and then combine
work as a teaching assistant with supply work in a school when they needed
a supply teacher. This would increase your salary and help you to avoid
too much of the paperwork you don't enjoy. You could try to work as a
supply teacher anyway, after completing your induction, but you might not
find that as satisfying as working in a single school.
Most other jobs that require QTS will expect some classroom experience and
may be able to pick and choose from those with more years' teaching than
you have had. A more radical solution is to consider what skills you
learnt on your PGCE and see what they might provide. Areas such as the
youth service, many voluntary organisations and even the probation service
work with older and younger children and your background might be of
interest to them.
However, wherever you end up, there will still be paperwork and it might
be better to develop strategies to overcome the stresses rather than to
John Howson is a recruitment analyst and visiting professor of education
at Oxford Brookes University.