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New Careers peer advisor to help answer your queries

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by TES_Rosaline, Sep 6, 2016.

  1. MissMinton

    MissMinton New commenter

    Hi Bukky,

    I am a qualified English teacher in my third year and due to some health problems I am leaving my current job and looking to switch to a TA role where there will be less stress, but I can still work with children and be part of a school community. I have applied for a few jobs but not heard back yet, and today an agency consultant told me that I needed to take an NVQ course or I wouldn't stand a chance.

    Is this true? My impression was that the qualifications can help, but are not crucial especially if you have a higher degree. I had also heard that, while some schools might have reservations about taking on a qualified teacher who might have their own ideas or find the switch in role difficult, some schools would find the experience appealing and I had a decent shot.

    I'm worried now that I'm barking completely up the wrong tree and am going to have to dig up the money for a course!


  2. I am hoping to become an English teacher by completing a PCGE after I finish my Ba. However, my Ba is not in English. I am studying Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring [This comment/section/image has been removed for breaching our Community Guidelines/Terms and conditions], which equips me with a lot of transferrable skills to aid me in teaching. I am hoping for advice on how to attain my goal of becoming an English teacher.
  3. KKaupa

    KKaupa New commenter

    Hi Amy,

    It depends on the different providers, and your A'Levels as well. They may ask you to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course: https://getintoteaching.education.g...tes/subject-knowledge-enhancement-ske-courses

    But if you call the Get Into Teaching helpline, they'll be able to talk you through your options on 0800 085 0971.

    Hope you get some answers!

  4. MissMinton

    MissMinton New commenter

    Anyone know where Bukky is? I've been waiting a whole for an answer to my question...
  5. neilhn

    neilhn New commenter

    Hi Bukky, I'm hoping this makes sense. I have taught secondary English for a number of years and was left out of contract last year. I have applied for many jobs whilst doing supply work since then but to no avail. Whilst no school will say it, i believe age and payscale is going against me. Any suggestions as to what I should with regards to career change. As each day, and new application, goes by, I feel like an ex-teacher.
    Kind regards
    Neil Hanson
  6. 4uribes

    4uribes New commenter

    Hi Bukky,

    Congratulations on your new appointed role. I hope you are enjoying the new challenges that it brings.

    I am an Australian teacher, who holds a Bachelor of Primary Education. I have only been teaching for 4 years but I would love to live and teach in either a European or Asian country. Do I require any further qualifications to teach overseas? As I have only been teaching for a short amount of time is there anything I can do to make my CV stand out?

    I look forward to your reply.

    Kind regards,

  7. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi MissMinton,

    Sincere apologies. In between travelling around the UK delivering training sessions for over a week and no longer receiving email alerts, your query had escaped my notice.

    To enhance your chances of securing work, it is advisable to gain a teaching assistant qualification from an approved awarding body.

    I have friends that undertook TA courses in order to gain the qualifications that schools would recognise. However, each school and local authority will vary so you will need to check the entry level qualifications required for each school you apply to.

    Please note that the QCF qualifications now replace the old NVQ.

    The link below provides an overview for you:

    All the best with your future applications.
  8. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi neilhn,

    I will ask three questions to get more clarity from you before I can make suggestions.

    Are you doing day to day or long term supply?

    Which type of roles are you applying for?

    Which particular strengths / skills do you have which stand out or that you would like to build upon?
  9. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi Megan,

    Thank you! :)

    To teach within the UK, you will need to apply for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in order to be recognised as a qualified teacher.

    You will also need to send a letter to confirm that you are qualified and eligible to teach within the UK.

    Once it has been established that you are a qualified teacher from Australia, who has not been barred from teaching, you will then receive a letter to confirm your QTS award.

    The link below will provide you with more details:

    To make your CV stand out, ensure that it clearly summarises your key roles / responsibilities / skills AND the impact you have had within your role.

    All the best with your applications.
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  10. Hello

    I have a couple of questions, here's a bit of background info.
    I gained QTS in 2006 after completing my PGCE, I completed half of my NQT year at this point and then left to start a family. I had a lot of time off and had a couple of part time jobs (non education related) and now I'm thinking of returning to teaching.

    I signed up to a supply agency and they said they would be only willing to pay me cover supervisor rates due to the time away from the profession. Is this correct and when do you think I should expect to be paid supply rates instead?

    Also what can I do to make myself more attractive to a future employer, are there any courses? Or do I just plod on doing supply and hope someone takes a chance on me when I apply for a job? The dept of education just told me to get classroom experience and then apply for jobs, which I didn't find very helpful.

  11. amybee1

    amybee1 New commenter

    I am in a similar position to Lib83 above. I completed my PGCE in 2014 and did supply for two years as I was unable to secure a long term position and have yet to complete any of my NQT year. After being disheartened as I found supply teaching really tough and not enough to live on, I then left the profession earlier this year and got a full-time job in Marketing.

    I really would like to return to teaching but I feel like I have missed my chance, not only am I still an NQT, but I don't have much experience and changed career paths. Supply isn't something I would want to consider again as it was such a bad experience but I don't know how else to get considered for positions. Would you recommend return to teaching courses, or are they a waste of money?

    Thank you
  12. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi Lib83,

    You'd be in a stronger position to argue for supply rates if you can confidently demonstrate that your knowledge and skills of teaching are good enough to teach within your discipline (are you primary or secondary?). Even though you are technically an NQT, personally, I would not settle for cover supervisor rates if I was in your position.

    The return to teaching course is an option if you want to demonstrate to future employers that you have up to date awareness of curriculum and assessment changes. Here's a link for further details:

    Depending on whether you have teaching experience within primary or secondary, private tuition could be one way to supplement your present salary and get up to speed with curriculum changes even though it won't necessarily help you redevelop whole class teaching.

    As unhelpful as the advice was from the department of Education, they are right in that you need to gain as much classroom experience as you possibly can.

    If you can acquire long term supply within one school via your agency, this should help you regain your experience and skills.


  13. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi amybee,

    When you first did supply, did you do day to day supply? If it was long term supply you could have completed your NQT year.

    The return to teaching course could be beneficial especially if it helps you regain confidence after being disheartened enough to leave the profession at the start of this year. As you recently left, you shpuld still have current knowledge about the more recent changes within education.

    If you can afford to, you could do voluntary teaching within a school... Doing supply work can be hit and miss in whether or not you get another bad experience. If you have any contacts in schools, an alternative approach is to get in touch with schools to inform them of your availability.

    As I suggested with Lib83, depending on whether you are primary or secondary, you could also do private tuition as one way to demonstrate current teaching experience and impact.


  14. strategicteacher

    strategicteacher New commenter

    Hi Bukky,
    I am currently a member of the SLT and keen to progress towards headship. Deputy Headship should be the next step, but I am keen to improve my competencies alongside the senior leadership experience. Our HT does not believe in the NPQH which I am keen to do. in addition the HT is reluctant to recommend staff for the programme for fear of losing quality staff in the short and longterm. Can I finance the NPQH programme on my own? I have a MA in Education which I believe should exempt me from part of the NPQH. What is your advice?
  15. strategicteacher

    strategicteacher New commenter

    Hi Bukky, any reply to my above post?
  16. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi strategicteacher,

    In theory you could pay for the NPQH programme yourself however, your head teacher will need to endorse and verify your application. Alternatively, your line manager could endorse your application.

    I have heard of situations where it is a condition for staff to stay on for two years if the school pays for their professional qualification. Could this be suggested as one way to assure your HT that you will be staying on? Also, do you know why your HT does not believe in the NPQH which you are keen to do? Is there any one that could highlight the merits of pursuing this particular qualification?

    With your MA in Education, you most probably will be exempt from parts of the NPQH programme modules so long as it was completed within the last three years of when you intend to apply. You can use this link to check for further details:

    All the best,
  17. strategicteacher

    strategicteacher New commenter

    Thanks Bukky. I will follow up the link
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  18. lyme

    lyme New commenter

    Morning I'm trying to find out people's experiences of the role of Wellbeing Development Officer. It appears to have been developed to address the requirement to provide health and wellbeing provision in schools and FE.
  19. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi lyme,

    In essence, yes it has!

    Which particular experiences are you interested in hearing about?

    This is an area of interest to me so it's quite educational to hear of how different schools undertake the role.

    I know a few that is do the role successfully because it forms part of a strategic school wide plan rather than a bolt on approach.

    One person I know leads / hosts well being and mental health events both within their school and across the UK. They have also collated a series of articles/ blogs to highlight the different ways in which well being can be addressed and implemented within schools.

    You can check out the hashtags #wellbeingdgmeet and #teacher5aday to get an idea of how well being leads undertake their role.
  20. merlin25

    merlin25 New commenter

    Hi Bukky,

    I am an MFL teacher, but I have not been able to find a job as my language specialism is being cut and I don't want to teach a language I don't speak. I'd like to make the transition to English. My degree was half linguistics, so I can handle the language side. Is it worth doing A-level English to make myself more marketable? I'm currently doing supply, which I hate.


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