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Finnish special needs teacher moving to the UK

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by jinka86, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. jinka86

    jinka86 New commenter


    My partner is currently in the final stages of her masters at ***. She is specialising in special needs teaching and has had many short-term work experiences in schools. Last year in the 2015/16 Summer term, she worked at the **** in Birmingham and led many classes to a classroom of special needs children, mostly with autism.

    So my question is, can she go straight into teaching within the UK or does she need a UK-specific teaching qualification to be a special needs teacher in UK schools?

    For what it’s worth, she received a very nice recommendation from the **** and they would happily take other Finnish students from her uni because they were very impressed.

    Thanks in advance for any help.
  2. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    That will depend on the type of role she is interested in and the school's attitude towards unqualified teachers. I suspect that she will find suitable work easily enough ... Brexit permitting :D
  3. jinka86

    jinka86 New commenter

    Do you know what kind of roles she could apply for as an unqualified UK teacher?
  4. circuskevin

    circuskevin Established commenter

    You may like to ask the question again in the special needs section.

    The specialists there are unlikely to read what is posted here.

  5. rolls

    rolls New commenter

    If she is a qualified teacher in Finland then she should find a job no problem. If not then she may be employed to teach as an unqualified teacher but this would involve lower rates.
    Some special schools have salaried school direct routes into teaching and she may be able to qualify whilst earning (particularly in areas with growing school populations Birmingham, Bradford, Leeds, London for example).
    With a masters and experience in Finnish schools she might also think about going into Teacher Education. Most academics working in Education Studies and Teacher Education here are impressed by the Finnish education system and would like to know more about it.
  6. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    Ones which don't stipulate the need for qualified teacher status :) As I said above, it depends on the role she is looking for - if she is looking to go and be a standard class teacher in a standard school, she will be disadvantaged in chances and financially by not having QTS. If she is looking to work in special schools / units / hospital tuition and similar less mainstream environments she is likely to find her Masters level knowledge an asset. She will need to start looking at jobs and person specs that interest her to really find the answer to your question.

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