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NQT Asking for Reference to Teach Abroad

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by PhuMyHung, Oct 22, 2019.

  1. PhuMyHung

    PhuMyHung New commenter

    Hi all,

    I'm currently doing my NQT year in Scotland with the aim to teach abroad in 2020-21. I'm noticing several jobs coming up that I'd like to apply for but, as an NQT, I feel that it is too early in the year to be asking my HOD or head teacher for a reference. I have references from previous placement schools during teacher training but I imagine most international schools will want one from my current post.

    Any advice on how best to navigate this?

  2. amysdad

    amysdad Established commenter

    I'm assuming you're on your probation year (I trained in Scotland too.)

    As always, I would always suggest that you should complete your probation year then do at least 1 more year afterwards to get your head round the actual teaching side of things before moving abroad. Most countries do look for at least 2 years experience (your probation year will always count as you are full time in one school). Placement references won't count towards your experience because they are only short term and also might not actually reflect you as a teacher.

    What schools don't always count is supply where you have jumped from one school to another - if you are lucky enough to get long term supply in a school (as I did) then it does count.

    It's worth noting that some schools will accept you with those references and experience - but whether these are schools you would even want to consider working in is another question.....
  3. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    Amysdad is spot on.
  4. TheComputingTeacher

    TheComputingTeacher New commenter

    Do two years, before moving overseas. Many more opportunities will open up.
  5. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Well, yes, of course it is sensible to get at least two years done and dusted in the UK before venturing into foreign parts. However, there are sometimes some very strong push and pull factors that cannot be ignored, so some young teachers may want to leave earlier. Hmm. On the whole, I would say, "Stay and do the two years." You should be able to get a better international job at the end of it. If you insist on jumping ship before that, then you will just have to bite the bullet and ask your present HOD and head for references. I cannot see a way around that one.

    Some scummy and absolutely blooming awful international schools seem to make a habit of employing NQTs.

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