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Q: I began my teaching course with the focus on key stage 1 and then changed to key stage 2. I prefer the latter but am happy to work with either. Does it matter if I apply for both? If I get my first job in a key stage1 classroom, will that make it harder for me to get key stage 2 jobs in the future? I live in an area that has very few teaching job opportunities.

A: Although your course has a particular emphasis, you can apply for posts in either or both key stages or any other that takes your fancy as your qualified teacher status is not restricted. Once you have some experience, it may be harder to change again, but it is not impossible. You can undertake professional development courses that cover the new area you'd like to teach and could ask your school for opportunities to observe that age group as a part of your professional development.

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