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Finish PGCE, take one year abroad, come back for NQT

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by homesickalien, Jul 30, 2011.


  1. Hi guys, I know there are many many threads on this subject but I just want to clarify as much as possible what the score is.

    I
    am going to do my PGCE Primary this September 2011, I then plan to
    teach in Thailand in October 2012 for a year returning to the UK in
    October 2013 to complete my NQT year. I know I should have ideally
    taught abroad before my PGCE or do it after finishing my NQT post but
    this is the situation at the moment.

    While in Thailand I
    don't want to teach in a international school, I am young and despite
    the low salary I am happy to teach in a Government school for a year
    whose only requirements is a Degree. I am not planning on doing any
    more tecaching abroad after this and plan on remaining in the UK and am
    fully committed to this.

    I just want to know:
    1) I
    wll be returning in October 2013, is it possible to start an NQT year
    in any term during the school year (say January or April) or can you
    only begin NQT in September?
    2) How will taking a gap year
    teaching in Thailand after my PGCE and before my NQT year affect my job
    application for an NQT post? Will it seriously impinge on my chances of
    a post or only to a small extent bearing in mind I I will be fully
    committed to the role.
    Thanks alot for any replies, really appreciate them :)
     

  2. Hi guys, I know there are many many threads on this subject but I just want to clarify as much as possible what the score is.

    I
    am going to do my PGCE Primary this September 2011, I then plan to
    teach in Thailand in October 2012 for a year returning to the UK in
    October 2013 to complete my NQT year. I know I should have ideally
    taught abroad before my PGCE or do it after finishing my NQT post but
    this is the situation at the moment.

    While in Thailand I
    don't want to teach in a international school, I am young and despite
    the low salary I am happy to teach in a Government school for a year
    whose only requirements is a Degree. I am not planning on doing any
    more tecaching abroad after this and plan on remaining in the UK and am
    fully committed to this.

    I just want to know:
    1) I
    wll be returning in October 2013, is it possible to start an NQT year
    in any term during the school year (say January or April) or can you
    only begin NQT in September?
    2) How will taking a gap year
    teaching in Thailand after my PGCE and before my NQT year affect my job
    application for an NQT post? Will it seriously impinge on my chances of
    a post or only to a small extent bearing in mind I I will be fully
    committed to the role.
    Thanks alot for any replies, really appreciate them :)
     
  3. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    1) You can start your NQT induction at any time in the school year. Keep in mind that it will be hard for you to secure work for the September if you are not in the country to attend interviews, see adverts, etc. You may well have to do supply or similar for a term while you look for a post.

    2) In some schools your travelling will be seen as a positive thing and give you an advantage over other candidates. In other school it will mean your application goes in the bin as your experience will be out of date. But this is true for anything and everything you do, so don't let it put you off.
     
  4. Thanks for the reply. Is there much chance of getting a NQT job say in the month of January? Or is it something that is possible but rarely happens and I should accept that starting an NQT in August is the best time?

    Obviously my plan is not perfect, but I am committed to teaching and I really feel like I need to teach abroad at least once and don't want to leave it any longer than possible.
     
  5. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    More chance in Jan and easter in the sense there are fewer people looking. Less chance in the sense there are fewer jobs.

    So about the same really!

    You could always come back in May and apply for posts in the June/July glut if you want to start in a September. But starting in Jan doesn't matter at all.
     
  6. Ah so June/July is when most people apply to start in September. OK Thanks alot for the advice![​IMG]
     
  7. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Not really, but most who want to leave their jobs hand in their notice at the end of May, so there are lots of vacancies.
     
  8. GloriaSunshine

    GloriaSunshine New commenter

    Most permanent vacancies are advertised Jan - May but, traditionally, there have always been a number between May and July for late resignations. In Secondary, there seem to fewer this year. I think most schools are seeking to reduce spending and certainly in our school, we seem to be using existing teachers more to fill gaps. Two of our part-timers have increased hours to replace a leaving teacher. The rest of his hours seem to have disappeared somewhere. If you are out of the UK in the spring, your best chance may be picking up a temporary post such as a maternity cover. If you teach a shortage subject and/or are prepared to move to less desirable parts of the country/schools, this will greatly improve your chances of getting an indictable post.
     

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