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How can I teach home economics for a living?

Home economics is a qualification in food, in the design and technology suite of school subjects in the United Kingdom. Becoming a home economics teacher is a rewarding career and allows you to work closely with pupils aged 11-16. In this article, we'll show you the best way to get your training and how to apply for jobs in this subject area.

Gaining the qualifications

Need for degrees and subject awareness Like all secondary school teacher jobs in the UK, only people who have at least a 2:2 undergraduate degree and relevant subject knowledge will be permitted to apply for teacher training. Additionally, applicants need to have GCSE grade C's or above in English, maths and science. There are three main routes into the teaching profession: via BEd, PGCE or via GTP. Here are the main differences: BEd
This is a bachelor's degree in education. It is usually taken over a three year period and requires full time study and work placements. These courses are usually delivered through specialist teaching colleges. PGCE
This qualification, known as the post graduate certificate in education, is effectively a conversion course for graduates. If you already have a related degree, then by undertaking a one year PGCE conversion, you will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Relevant degrees for home economics are food technology, nutrition, home economics or a textiles related degree. GTP
If for financial reasons, you are unable to study full time and need to earn money whilst you work towards QTS, then, the graduate teacher programme may be for you. In this course, you work effectively full time as at teacher but, with a slightly reduced teaching timetable. You are expected to deliver lessons every day at a reduced rate of pay and complete university assignments. With all courses, you will be expected to complete one or more teaching placements, where you can put into practice the theory that you have learned at your college or university.

Applying for jobs

Virtually all teaching jobs are advertised through the Times Educational Supplement. This is a specialist trade newspaper which is released every Thursday in the UK. For many teachers, TES.co.uk is a much more convenient option as it allows you to search for your jobs via location, pay scale and subject. When you get your first job as a home economics teacher, you will have to complete your NQT (newly qualified teacher) year. Look out for jobs that offer opportunities to network with other NQTs and a good training and induction programme. The NQT year is one of the toughest job you'll face as a teacher, so it will be very helpful to have a helpful network to fall back on.

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