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I'm planning to teach overseas after PGCE..

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by kalleighannie, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. Hi everyone, I am about to begin a PGCE with Early Years specialism next month and I'm really excited about it however I have a slight dilemma. My fiancee has been given a really fantastic opportunity to work overseas with his profession, looks like either Norway, Spain or Japan and obviously I can't pass up the chance of experiencing life in another country and of course teaching in another country. This will be after I have completed the PGCE by the way probably in Aug/Sept 2013. I am confused about where my QTS will stand when (if!) we return the UK, say, after 3 or 4 years overseas. I'm getting the impression I need to do my NQT year within 5 years of completing my PGCE in an English school? So I could go and come back and just about squeeze an NQT year in! Thanks
  2. As I understand it you can start induction anytime. That means you could wait 10 years to start it. Once started you have 5 years to finish it. That means in 5 years you must teach full time, in a suitable environment (responsibility for a class of children who are older than 3 years of age), for 3 terms (1 school year). Of course it is best to do it ASAP after finishing your PGCE when your skills and knowledge are still fresh...do not forget if you wait too long accepted pedagogy can change!
  3. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    Correct. You can do Induction whenever you like.
    QTS is yours for life. It doesn't expire.
    Incorrect! There used to be an expectation that NQTs would complete Induction within 5 years of starting Induction but that expectation was abolished as of 1st Sept 2007.
    Incorrect. You can complete Induction working part-time. You could work one day per week for 5 years, for instance. You can also complete Induction in 3 distinct stages, with gaps inbetween.
    I did mine at 2 schools with a a 5 term gap between Induction term 2 and Induction term 3. I did one spring term and two summer terms.
    Induction terms don't have to correlate to school terms. You can start at any point in a school term and complete an Induction term at the same point in the next school term (assuming f/t teaching).
  4. Vanadesse

    Vanadesse New commenter

    My piece of advice to you is to really consider about whether you really want to teach overseas. For a start, it's more difficult starting out there than here because there's no NQT induction process there. I think it's meant to be quite difficult to find an NQT job overseas, they usually ask for a couple of years experience for jobs in British International Schools. Also, it's actually quite difficult to return to the UK to teach from overseas so you may well struggle finding a job when you get back, you could find yourself being considered as a worse option than recent NQTs because you've been out of the UK and so out of the loop for so long. I know it sounds very negative, teaching overseas is a fantastic experience, but you have to be realistic and take it all into consideration.

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