A PGCE is undertaken after an undergraduate degree and gives you the skills to teach. This can be a one year full time course or two years if you decide to study the course part time. Whilst many people go on to become teacher’s after completing their PGCE, some people decide that being in a classroom all day isn’t for them and are looking for something different to do with their qualification. Here are just a few ideas of things you can do with a PGCE.
The obvious one!! Once you gain the professional qualification you are a qualified primary school teacher. After all your hard work and determination you can use your skills to teach children. You will need to work as a teacher for at least a year in order to gain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).
2. Education Liaison Officer-
Are you looking for another career path or have changed your mind about teaching in a school? Then why not apply to become an Education Liaison Officer? The aim of an ELO is to offer support and education to young people and families. You may be working for a private school or university in order to attract more applications from high quality candidates or you may be working with a state school to ensure that children are achieving their educational aims.
3. Activities Leader/play worker
Enjoy getting creative? Want to get out of the classroom environment? Why not become an Activities Leader or Play Worker. This could be though after school clubs, holiday clubs or weekend activities. The role will include assisting in the day-to-day running of the extra curricular club and caring for individuals and groups, supporting additional learning and development in a fun and interactive environment. Rather than acting as a teacher you will be seen more as an entertainer as you must provide active participation such as games and group work to prevent boredom. Stimulating play, enrichment and core skills could be just what you are looking for.
4. Private or group tuition-
Ever thought about using your professional qualification to tutor individuals or groups? The best thing about tutoring is that it can be carried out alongside your job or full time as you have the qualification to teach. There are a range of agencies who are looking for tutors including private tutoring, special needs groups and tutoring individuals with English as their second language. Give children the chance to learn beyond the classroom and also gain the opportunity to follow your own teaching plan.
5. Run a Franchise- There are plenty of franchise opportunities available which enable you to set up your own business working with children with very little business knowledge, including the Fun Science franchise. Opening your own franchise is highly rewarding as you get to work with children whilst also setting your own hours and being able to fit your job around your family. Plus, with a Fun Science franchise you will teach children in a fun and entertaining environment- they won’t even realize they are learning!