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Dear Stephen: EEA qualified, apply directly for QTS or better do some ITT in England?

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by nuriavv, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. Dear Stephen,

    I am a MFL qualified teacher in Spain, but I would prefer to teach Spanish and German in England. Since I am qualified in a EU country, I know I am already eligible for QTS. However, I have been told that I would find it extremely difficult to find a job as secondary MFL teacher in England without previous experience in English schools, even if I am a native speaker of one of the languages I am qualified to teach. Is that correct? Besides I am a career changer. Would I have more chances if I gain QTS through GTP or PGCE in England, instead of through my Spanish qualification? I cannot afford one year without working, so applying for QTS with my Spanish qualifications was my first option, but I would not like to regret it. Another suggestion I have read is to do some voluntary work at schools. But how long would it be necessary to volunteer to make my application more attractive and be considered for a job? Days, weeks, months? I still live in Spain and I could stay in England some weeks because I work as a freelance at the moment, but not too long since my family would only move to England once I get a fulltime job.


    On the other hand, is there any course or route that could help me gain experience or knowledge in the English education system? I have been searching?especially distance courses?and I only found the course ?Essential UK Teaching Skills? offered by CentrePAD (http://centrepad.org.uk/uk-essential-teaching-skills/). Would it be helpful?





    Thank you very much for your help,

    Nuria
     
  2. Dear Stephen,

    I am a MFL qualified teacher in Spain, but I would prefer to teach Spanish and German in England. Since I am qualified in a EU country, I know I am already eligible for QTS. However, I have been told that I would find it extremely difficult to find a job as secondary MFL teacher in England without previous experience in English schools, even if I am a native speaker of one of the languages I am qualified to teach. Is that correct? Besides I am a career changer. Would I have more chances if I gain QTS through GTP or PGCE in England, instead of through my Spanish qualification? I cannot afford one year without working, so applying for QTS with my Spanish qualifications was my first option, but I would not like to regret it. Another suggestion I have read is to do some voluntary work at schools. But how long would it be necessary to volunteer to make my application more attractive and be considered for a job? Days, weeks, months? I still live in Spain and I could stay in England some weeks because I work as a freelance at the moment, but not too long since my family would only move to England once I get a fulltime job.


    On the other hand, is there any course or route that could help me gain experience or knowledge in the English education system? I have been searching?especially distance courses?and I only found the course ?Essential UK Teaching Skills? offered by CentrePAD (http://centrepad.org.uk/uk-essential-teaching-skills/). Would it be helpful?





    Thank you very much for your help,

    Nuria
     
  3. Hi Nuria,
    I am a Tutor with CentrePAD. I am one of the UKETS tutors and am a Private Tutor with them too.
    As with any job application, you need to make yourself stand out from the crowd. You want to teach your native tongue, you seem to speak English well, and yoou have the ability to teach another language too, this kind of package IS helping you to stand out from a crowd.
    Potential employers will want to see either your UK work experience or some efforts you have made in picking up knowledge of the standards and practices of being a teacher in the UK. The UKETS Course gives you a very good overview of UK Education and you can learn in relation to your own subject specialism/ interest. The Course is genuinely versatile, providing for professional teachers needing a refresher all the way through to career changers like yourself.
    Teaching online with them would give you some income while you are on the Course/looking for placements/ jobs. It would actually give you a valuable opportunity to put into practice what you learn on the UKETS Course. It also means that you can do all this from Spain (you'll obviously need to keep in mind the time difference though [​IMG]).
    When you are feeling confident enough to approach schools, you could possibly invite potential employers to listen to your Demo too. You would need a face-to-face interview to secure a post, but this could be a valuable step in the process, meaning that you would only need to travel if your prospective employer liked what they saw there.
    I really hope that you have found this helpful. I had posted something similar up before, sorry if you'd felt no-one was interested in your situation; there were a few other comments in here too.
    Wishing you all the best, Nuria.
     
  4. Hi Nuria
    It is great to see that you want to teach MFL in England as this is currently a priority area in secondary schools. You are absolutely right that, as a qualified teacher within the EEA, you are eligible for QTS and this would enable you to start applying for jobs.
    Experience in schools in a voluntary capacity or through supply work would greatly enhance your application but this applies to all newly qualified teachers. It is not possible to put a time frame on the amount of experience you would need as schools will choose the best candidate for the post. All experience is good and this, in itself, would allow you to gain such an insight into the way schools operate, the national curriculum and to observe experienced MFL teachers in English schools
    As you are able to apply for QTS without the need for further training, an initial teacher training course would not be appropriate. Although I am not able to recommend a particular course, have a look at the national curriculum online (http://curriculum.qcda.gov.uk); read through the rest of the TES or other educational publications and browse the Department for Education website (www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning).
    As you can offer two languages and are a native Spanish speaker, you have a lot going for you. Good luck and I hope you enjoy teaching in England.
    Stephen Hillier, TDA

     
  5. Dear Stephen,
    many thanks for your suggestions. I have been browsing and reading those webs the whole Summer, so I am happy to see that I was in the right way. Now I only hope it does not take too long to get a first post.
    Thank you again,
    Nuria
     
  6. Thank you for suggestions. I will have a closer look at that course.

    Nuria
     
  7. Sorry, I couldn't manage to edit the previous message in time. It should have been:
    @TheOnlyWayisUp-ix:
    Thank you for your suggestions. I will have a closer look at that course.
    Nuria
     

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