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Dear Theo - Returning to the UK

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by bubblybubbles, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. Dear Theo,

    I'm a UK trained teacher who is currently teaching overseas. I had two years experience in a state Primary School before taking my post overseas in August 2010 on a two year contract at an International PYP curriculum School.

    Unfortunately, due to changes in personal circumstances, I am going to be breaking my contract and returning home at the end of the academic year. This was not something I planned, but something that I need to do. My current school have been very understanding, but have said that they are sorry to see me go. I am also sorry to leave, I am happy in my post and love the city I am living in.
    I have read every post about returning to the UK and am fully aware quite how dire the job market is right now. However, I am trying to approach my return home with a positive attitude - I will be looking for a job in London or the South East and am fairly flexible about where I can be based, plus I will be back in the UK from mid to late June (hopefully in time to catch the last minute vacancies). I've also made contact with my previous school and other teaching friends and gathered the details of several supply agencies, even though I'm aware supply probably won't provide regular employment. I'm aware of the documents I will need in order to get a CRB check on my return, and will make sure I have those ready.

    Do you have any words of wisdom for someone in my position? I'm particularly aware that schools may see me as a liability, having only completed one year in this post, and am wondering whether I can put a positive 'spin' on my time overseas. I really do feel like I've had a positive experience here, and want to get that across!

    Thanks in advance Theo. :)

    Bubbly.

    PS - Apologies for the long post!
     
  2. Dear Theo,

    I'm a UK trained teacher who is currently teaching overseas. I had two years experience in a state Primary School before taking my post overseas in August 2010 on a two year contract at an International PYP curriculum School.

    Unfortunately, due to changes in personal circumstances, I am going to be breaking my contract and returning home at the end of the academic year. This was not something I planned, but something that I need to do. My current school have been very understanding, but have said that they are sorry to see me go. I am also sorry to leave, I am happy in my post and love the city I am living in.
    I have read every post about returning to the UK and am fully aware quite how dire the job market is right now. However, I am trying to approach my return home with a positive attitude - I will be looking for a job in London or the South East and am fairly flexible about where I can be based, plus I will be back in the UK from mid to late June (hopefully in time to catch the last minute vacancies). I've also made contact with my previous school and other teaching friends and gathered the details of several supply agencies, even though I'm aware supply probably won't provide regular employment. I'm aware of the documents I will need in order to get a CRB check on my return, and will make sure I have those ready.

    Do you have any words of wisdom for someone in my position? I'm particularly aware that schools may see me as a liability, having only completed one year in this post, and am wondering whether I can put a positive 'spin' on my time overseas. I really do feel like I've had a positive experience here, and want to get that across!

    Thanks in advance Theo. :)

    Bubbly.

    PS - Apologies for the long post!
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Seems to me that you are approaching this in the right way. All you need to do (and proibably have done already) is read the shortlisting clickables inside the Welcome thread here.
    Oh, and also set up a JobAlert in May, so you are aware of all the possible jobs.
    Oh, and also don't forget indy schools - do a JobAlert for them too, and read the Welcome thread on the Independent Forum.
    Your overseas experience can well be presented very positively. Self-reliance, adaptability, working co-operatively with colleagues, etc etc. Make sure that you say in the application that you are leaving because of personal reasons that mean you need to be in UK,(don't give details) so they don't assume that the school doesn't want you.
    Best of luck - I hope it goes well!
    ____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Workshops I'm doing that still have vacancies are on Sunday 13th and Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  4. Thank you very much for the advice Theo, it's much appreciated. Fingers crossed come June or July, I can post an 'I got the job' thread on the forum!
     
  5. Hi Theo,

    I am leaving my job in UAE after 1 year and I was wondering what I actually need to know about returning. eg tax, police checks etc. Could you give me any advice?

    Thanks,

    Sharon
     
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    No, I can't give you tax advice! Come on, be reasonable!
    But do see if the police will give you a certificate to prove that you have not been arrested there. That will help with the CRB formalities.
    Best of luck!
    ______________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews. The next Job Application seminar where you can meet me in on Saturday 2 April.
    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     

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