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

  1. benbobaggins

    benbobaggins New commenter

    Hi Bukky,

    I hope you can help with this predicament.

    My wife will be moving to the U.K. in June, 2018 on a Spousal Visa, and we hope to transfer to citizenship through the 5-year route.

    She has a Degree in Psychology (GPA 3.5) from a University in Jakarta, Indonesia, but the degree was not taught primarily in English. However, her English is excellent, and after 10 years of marriage, we expect her to score an 8 on the IELTS exam in December.

    She has taught for 4 years in KG at an International school, and done a very good job, with excellent feedback from her Principal and parents alike. She has also done a multitude of PD including Phonics, SEN etc.

    She would like to do a
     
  2. benbobaggins

    benbobaggins New commenter

    Hi Bukky,

    I hope you can help with this predicament.

    My wife will be moving to the U.K. in June, 2018 on a Spousal Visa, and we hope to transfer to citizenship through the 5-year route.

    She has a Degree in Psychology (GPA 3.5) from a University in Jakarta, Indonesia, but the degree was not taught primarily in English. However, her English is excellent, and we expect her to score an 8 on the IELTS exam in December.

    She has taught for 4 years in KG at an International school, and done a very good job, with excellent feedback from her Principal and parents alike. She has also done a multitude of PD including Phonics, SEN etc.

    She would like to do a PGCE in Primary with QTS, but NARIC does not recognise her degree. We are not sure what she can do to help her. She is willing to go to night school and acquire GCSE in Math, English and Science(s) but we don't have the finances for her to study a 3 or 4 year degree again.

    Any advice or suggestions would be most welcome.

    Thank you in advance for your time!
     
  3. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi benbobaggins,

    I had to triple check conflicting information that I came across.

    As you have explained that UK NARIC does not recognise your wife's degree, this does limit her options.

    However your wife could work within an academy, free school or independent school as they have the freedom to employee educators without QTS.

    Alternatively, your wife work can work as an unqualified teacher without QTS in a maintained school (but not a Pupil Referral Unit - PRU). Your wife would then have to gain QTS within four years of when she started work, so she can then continue to work as a teacher. The link below provides more information about being an overseas trained teacher:

    http://education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/advice/f0011031/overseas-trained-teachers

    Even though this is an option (working as an unqualified teacher in a maintained school), the instances of this happening are very rare as it is down to the discretion of each school.

    One short term option could be for your wife to undertake some voluntary experience in within a primary school. Generally schools would have a preference for applicants who have UK experience in addition to their overseas experiences. Volunteering would also allow your wife to gain direct experience and understanding of the education system within the UK and be exposure to different teaching strategies that are utilised.

    All the best with your next steps.

    B
     
  4. neilhn

    neilhn New commenter

    Hi
    I am doing day to day supply (would prefer long term)
    Applying for permanent teaching roles
    Not sure about skills/strengths, i suppose I am a solid and reliable teacher who has students who genuinely want to be in my lessons.

    Thanks
    Neil
     
  5. neilhn

    neilhn New commenter

    Hi,

    Just wondering if you could reply.
     
  6. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi neilhn,

    First of all, apologies for responding now as I had not seen your message.

    Secondly, to get a sense of strengths and skills you have, reviewing a job description as part of your application process would help you get more specific details about your strengths. You can select a general one for teaching from the Internet and then assess your own skills against it.

    You could then identify a strength by saying you have high behaviour amd learning expectations which results in an encouraging / positive classroom environment where students enjoy your cover lessons.

    Other strengths you could mention is that supply teaching has enabled you to adapt well to unexpected situations and challenging behaviours, develop resilience and a problem solving outlook when lessons don't go according to plan.

    When you have had to plan lessons, how have the lessons helped to aid student progress? This could then be used as evidence to say that you teach clearly structured lessons which interest / motivate students and utilise a range of teaching and learning strategies.

    You can also say that you ensure the delivery of challenging learning outcomes on an individual, group and class basis.

    Working within a wide variety of institutions has allowed you to establish positive working relationships with different members within a school community e.g. staff, students and parents/carers.

    You fulfil the responsibility for the safeguarding / well-being of students by implementing school policies which relate to health and safety, safeguarding amd behaviour for learning.

    Least of all, you should note that you are a professional that keeps abreast with current educational developments / strategies.

    All the best with your application.

    Bukky
     
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  7. lemonielewis

    lemonielewis New commenter

  8. rosa73uk

    rosa73uk New commenter

    I haven't taught for 12 years but did 5 years some on supply and some as a secondary French teacher. I have a 2i in French with history and a pgce modern languages with history. I want to return to teaching but as a primary teacher my question is how do I go about it? All jobs seem to want recent teaching experience in a school. Thanks for any advice.
     
  9. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi rosa73uk,

    When was the last time you were in school?

    Was there a particular reason why you left teaching? I ask in case the reason is linked to the pressure of the role, workload etc. as all have increased in recent years.

    You mentioned that you had done supply before. Trying supply through an agency could help you get back into teaching and also give you an opportunity to check out schools, become more familiar with the primary curriculum and gain first hand insights as to whether primary school teaching is really what you want to do. The only risk is that you may not get a steady income / it may not pay as well as expected (this was my own personal experience). One way around this is to approach schools directly and share the teaching experiences you have.

    You should also check out 'Return to teaching' courses. If you undertake this, it will demonstrate to schools that you are up to date with recent curriculum and assessment change that have taken place since you last taught.
     
  10. bethirving

    bethirving New commenter

    Hello Bukky

    I will complete my 7th year as a secondary MFL (French & Spanish) teacher this summer and am moving to Surrey due to my husband's job changing. Leaving my current school has led me to ponder future options and I wonder if you have any ideas for alternative careers for someone with my experience? I really enjoy teaching but have found (as everyone does!) that my work - life balance is not where I want it to be and this change of where we will be living could be a good time to explore other options. The opportunity to carry on using my languages would be great.

    Many thanks!
     
  11. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi bethirving,

    First of all, Happy New Year.

    The possible options which spring to mind are as:

    1. An interpreter in:
    • business functions such as meetings, conferences, exhibitions
    • public service interpreting (PSI) within criminal justice proceedings, i.e. police/probation service interviews, court hearings, solicitor interviews, immigration tribunals
    • community-based events and assignments within the education, health and social services sectors.
    2. A translator for variety of content in the following types of organisations (if they employ in house translators):
    • commercial
    • educational
    • legal
    • literary
    • scientific
    (You could also do this on a freelance basis from home, sign up with translation agencies or work directly for individual clients).

    3. A private tutor
     
  12. Billi88

    Billi88 New commenter

    Hi Bukky, so glad your available to give some advice.
    I am fully qualified teacher and have been teaching for the past 5/6 years. However I'm just not wanting to continue carrying out a class teacher role and would like to transfer to being a TA as I still would love to work in a school setting and with primary school children. How would I go about doing this? as I may deemed over-qualified for a TA position and I don't have any specific SEN training . Any advice will be helpful as I am just so stressed and over-whelmed with full time teaching
     
  13. loralai

    loralai New commenter

    Hi,
    I have been teaching in the primary sector for 7 years. For the past 3 years I have been and English lead and for 2 this has been non-class-based. I teach small groups (English only) and work with teachers, training and developing. I have played a large role in our school development.

    I don’t want to go back to classroom teaching and would like to know how to move from here. I imagine staying in my current role for the next year. Could I move into consultancy or another leadership role without more classroom experience? How do I do this? What other options are there? I don’t plan on becoming a head!

    A further spanner in the works is that my husband would like to move back to Wales in the next couple of years. I have no experience of the welsh curriculum or knowledge of Estyn.... will this limit me in the education sector beyond the classroom?
     
  14. SaiKhn

    SaiKhn New commenter

    Hi Bukky,

    I want to know how I can develop as a careers coach/counsellor? I am a Teacher.
     
  15. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi SaiKhn,

    To develop as a careers coach, you will need to gain a qualification in Careers Guidance (QCG).

    The link below provides an outline of the qualifications you can gain:

    https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses/find-career-ideas/explore-2jobs/job-profile/careers-adviser

    The National Counselling Society link below, can help you explore online courses or actual courses to train to become a counsellor:
    https://www.nationalcounsellingsociety.org/become-a-counsellor/

    All the best,
    B
     
  16. turner1756

    turner1756 New commenter

    Hi Bukky,

    An opportunity has come up at my school to apply for a head of year 12 or year 13 post. My interest has always been more on the pastoral side. I currently work as a Drama and Life skills teacher but other than some enrichment I haven't taught a lot of sixth form recently. I would absolutely love to take on this role but I really have no idea where to start with an application letter. The ad doesn't specify a job spec just that I have to write a letter as to why I would be a good candidate for the role.

    Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

    Emma
     
  17. cathr

    cathr New commenter

    I would like some advice on working with educational publishers. Any ideas for a starting point? Many thanks.
     
  18. percy topliss

    percy topliss Occasional commenter

  19. JJ83

    JJ83 New commenter

    HELLO!!!
    I qualified as a secondary PE Teacher in 2008 and worked in a permanent position until 2015. I quit and went to work on cruise ships. I am currently trying to get back into teaching and applying for every PE job going but not even getting interviews.
    How do I successfully apply??
    Please help!!
     

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