Our wonderful government has been saying for ages that we have a shortage of Design and Technology teachers in our Secondary schools, in fact they have been advertising incentives to get more teachers. HOWEVER - it really makes me want to spit when people like me cannot get into teaching!!!!!!!!!!
I would love to be able to work in a school teaching textiles - I would even happily do the Food technology bit too (I do like my food - mostly vegetarian though!! With the occasional added chunks of cheese or chocolate).... sorry got carried away drooling there. Back to my gripe...... I phoned the TDA (Training and Development Agency) for Schools today to ask how I could offer my vast array of skills in teaching. The young man came back to me with 'sorry you will have to get a degree - regulations and all that'. My City and Guilds qualifications and many many years of textile, dress making etc skills/experience count for ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
I'm one more teacher turned away by our wise and caring government.
Get a degree I hear you cry but sadly I am too old and too poor to get a degree now - three years and I will be well over the hill in education terms let alone having got the degree I'd have to do another 1 year course to teach. (Too poor as I need an income - house, family commitments etc - can't just give up the day job to go to Uni- or at least not right now).
If only I could win on the lottery - perhaps I should ask our wise and caring government for a lottery grant to go to Uni to then be able to teach?????