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Dear Theo... I am a qualified foreign Art teacher looking for jobseeking advice

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Superman1981, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. Hi,
    I am a qualified foreign art and design teacher (qualified in 2005). I got my QTS last year and now I would like to start teaching. I am living in Britain for the last 6 years but I worked pretty much all the time in event planning. I have no experience at all apart from experiences with teaching from my country. What should I do before getting my first job?
    Thank you very much.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Hullo there and welcome.
    The first thing that you must do is accept that it will be very hard for you to get a job.
    Very, very hard. In fact, I personally believe that it would be practically impossible.
    It is good that you have got QTS, because without that you could not work in a state school.
    But there are a great number of unemployed teachers, most with UK experience and training, and it is likely that a school will prefer to employ someone like this. And your lack of recent teaching experience will make it even harder for a school to choose you.
    The second thing is to continue improving your English. It does need to be at a very high standard for teaching - near native to be honest - and although what I have seen above is good, it is not perfect, with two tense errors, for example, and an incorrect preposition. Perhaps there are classes that you can attend?
    The third thing you need to do is actually impossible. In order to get a job teaching in the UK you need experience of teaching in the UK. But without experience, you cannot get a job.
    I am sorry to be so negative, but that's the truth.
    Because the biggest problem is, without a doubt, your lack of familiarity with what I might politely call the "Culture" of British education. And this will put you at a big disadvantage, as Heads will be wary of this lack of understanding.
    A Head faced with the new Ofsted regime would be unwilling to appoint someone who had never even heard of the Ofsted grade descriptors, yet alone actually be trying to " be acutely aware of the pupils' capabilities and of their prior learning and understanding and plan very effectively to build on these". The different levels of planning required (basically by the DfE - let's put the blame on them!) are mind-boggling.
    Your experience in your own country is certainly valid, but not, of course, the same as actually having worked in a UK school. You will not have worked with a SENCo for your EAL pupils, or those with SLDD or MLDD. You'll have no experience of working with a TA or even possibly having a HLTA covering your classes when doing maths moderation. You won't have done any CPD on inclusion, or CP and the 5 principles of ECM. Yet alone H&S! Have you ever taught the GCSE (or even the IGCSE) specifications? Do you favour IB or AS and A-levels?
    You will be unfamiliar with the collection and use of data for supporting learning, and its associated jargon! What does contextual value-added data mean, how is it more important for some schools (which schools?) than the plain value-added data? Learning achievement tracking - would you use PANDA or Raise online? What are the KS targets? Could you do levelling for SATs? SLT will be expecting you to do loads of things!
    How many of the abbreviations above do you understand? Do you have even a vague understanding of all this jargon? Unfortunately, teachers here do . . . which makes it harder for you.
    I have, of course, made the above paragraphs deliberately hard for you! I just want you to see the scope of the problem that you are facing. School culture varies so much between one country and another.
    At the moment, with so many unemployed teachers who DO have the understanding of the culture, who HAVE worked recently in schools (your experience is now old!), you have very, very little chance of employment.
    I am sorry. This is not the answer that you wanted. You wanted me to tell you HOW you can get a teaching job. But all I can honestly tell you is that it will be almost impossible for you.
    I believe that you would be wasting your time, wasting your efforts, wasting your money, and above all, wasting your hopes on this. Please don't, your hopes are too valuable to waste.
    I advise you to decide on another career route if you remain in the UK, or if you are determined to be a teacher, to return to your own country.
    I wish you well.
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    I shall be doing the Win That Teaching Job seminar on Saturday February 25th
  3. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    I echo Theo's post, but on a more positive note - have you considered looking at colleges who need teachers for an event planning course? x

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