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Moving back to teach in Scotland

Discussion in 'Scotland - Primary' started by Andy80105, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. Andy80105

    Andy80105 New commenter

    Hello all - I've taught primary (year 5 - primary six children) in England since 2012 and am actively seeking to move back home to Scotland this summer. I've never taught in Scotland, so I'd appreciate any tips on where to begin researching the system. My own schooling ended in 1991, and since then there have been revised Highers and the Curriculum for Excellence, so I'm very out of date.

    Clearly it makes sense to start with the current curriculum, but I want to be able to argue in interviews convincingly as to its strengths and weaknesses, and why government chose to go down this route.

    Anyone able to help? Practical advice from anyone who might have moved from England to Scotland would be great, too.

    Thanks for any help you can offer.
  2. Mazod

    Mazod Occasional commenter

    To be honest I think there are lots of factors that could play a part here. Is there a location within Scotland that you are looking for or are you flexible? Lots of councils in the northern part of the country (e.g. Aberdeenshire) have teacher shortages and so your chance of a job is much higher. However, realistically I think supply is probably your easiest and most likely route based on the experience of colleagues who have made the move. A good friend of mine moved back up to Scotland last summer due to illness in her family having taught in London for a number of years. She had been promoted in England and had actually completed her PGDE and NQT year in Scotland and yet could not get a permanent contract due to her lack of recent experience of the Scottish curriculum. However, she now has a year and a half of long term supply under her belt and is highly thought of and valued in her school.

    Lots of councils are very short of supply at the moment which is good news and once you have a bit of experience of the Scottish curriculum etc you will be a much more attractive option to any recruiting school.
  3. SusieB87

    SusieB87 New commenter

    Hi Andy,

    Just wondering how you got on with your relocation to Scotland and how you have found employment etc? I have been teaching primary in London for 3 years with a specialism in Early Years. I am hoping to relocate to Glasgow in March, I am fully registered with the GTC and was hoping to supply from March - June whilst finding a permanent job to start in Aug 2017. I have been reading lots of scary things about supply work being non existent and it being really difficult to find jobs - has this been the case? Any advice greatly appreciated!

  4. Andy80105

    Andy80105 New commenter

    Hello Susie,

    Things are going well, thank you. I was lucky, though - I found a job and didn't have to go down the supply route. That's not to say I didn't try - I did, and in fact I got an interview for one council but after I'd already accepted a job at my current school.

    The good news is that jobs come up all the time, and there's no need for a term's notice here. I'd suggest applying for full-time and supply jobs simultaneously and take any interviews that come. For the former, the school will (hopefully) just want to see what you can do, and in a way that's good for you - because you get to show what you have to offer.

    For the latter, you apply to a council and they'll interview you; if successful, you get on the list. It's clearly a great way to get to know the system and different ways of working, but it shouldn't put you off applying for permanent posts which, with the right support, offer you stability and security.

    In each case, prepare to feel like an NQT all over again. It's hard - new school(s), new curriculum, new year groups (probably!)... but it's worth it. Great lifestyle and good education system (far fewer targets and government-dictated insanity).

    Hope you land on your feet. Good luck and ask again if you need more advice.


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