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Do I move aboard before or after my NQT year?

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by Bluebells98, Aug 16, 2019.

  1. Hi there,

    I'm in my second year of teacher training and I am considering moving to Canada to teach over there. Do I have to do my NQT year before I go or can I move over there as soon as I'm qualified? What is the importance of the NQT year anyway?
    If anyone has any advice on paying my loan from Canada and the required qualifications to teach in a Canadian primary/elementary school, that would also be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance! :)
  2. blueskydreaming

    blueskydreaming Lead commenter

    Search on the 'teaching abroad' forum - it is notoriously hard to get a teaching job in Canada. There are so few teaching jobs that many Canadian teachers end up abroad instead.

    Also, Google 'emigrate to Canada' to get some idea of the visa process, and ease of getting a visa.

    The NQT year is important because it means that you are supported in your first year of teaching, and you have a slight reduction in teaching hours therefore slightly more prep time.
  3. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    If fully-qualified Canadian teachers are finding it difficult to get a teaching job in Canada, then I think that the OP is being just a little bit unrealistic if he or she imagines that it will be easy to get a job there. In addition, there are some significant differences between the curriculum in Canada and what you would normally be teaching in the UK. Last but not least, it would perhaps be difficult to get a teaching job in the UK, if you were to return at some later date and you had not completed your NQT year.

    Probably all of the above is irrelevant if you happen to teach Physics, Bluebells98. So how are your Quantum Mechanics?
  4. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    You say that you are in your second year of teacher training. Does that mean that you are doing a B.Ed rather than a degree, followed by a PGCE?.
    You should check whether your route to QTS is actually accepted in Canada. I understand that it does not allow access to being a qualified teacher in Australia or New Zealand, for instance.
  5. Over_the_hill

    Over_the_hill Star commenter

    Of course it’s entirely up to you, I don’t know your reasons for wanting to move to Canada, but for the sake of completeness and less stress, I personally would get qualified and get your NQT year under your belt and then move.

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