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Returning to teach in the UK

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Jamber2000, Sep 20, 2019.

  1. Jamber2000

    Jamber2000 New commenter

    Hi everyone,

    I am now on my 3rd year of teaching internationally but feel ready to take the plunge next year and come back to teach in the UK.

    I am excited at the prospect of being back in a UK school. However the voice of my previous UK headteacher is resonating through my mind ‘I would never employ someone who taught abroad...’

    So now, as I begin to gear myself up to look for jobs from December onwards, I am filled with fear.

    Is there anyone here with a similar experience of transitioning back to the UK? Are there any SLT members who can share their opinion from a recruitment perspective, seeing teaching away on a CV?

    Thanks in advance for all of your help. :)
  2. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    What a very prejudiced viewpoint that head had. Hopefully they at least meant "someone who has prviously preferred to teach abroad", rather than ruling out the experienced UK teacher whose partner had an overseas posting for a couple of years...
  3. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    I know someone who has come back into the private sector and has settled back just fine and he'd been away for many years teaching IB so wanted a school that taught that. That's always an option if the public sector isn't interested but I struggle to see what the problem would be.
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  4. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    We have two teachers who started this year who have both come back from abroad and our head, who started last September had also just returned from abroad.

    We have a vacancy for a January start, so, depending on your phase/year/subject specialism, we'd be happy to have you if you are any good. :)
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  5. Jamber2000

    Jamber2000 New commenter

    Well that is very comforting. :) Unfortunately I am not returning until after this academic year - so I will be back to the UK in July. I'm already forward thinking and getting excited about looking for a job. Thanks again for taking the time to reply. :)
  6. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    And after more than twenty years of teaching abroad, I have absolutely no intention of returning to teach in the UK. Visiting friends and family in the UK is quite bad enough. Yes, of course there are vacancies in many UK schools. If you "struggle to see what the problem might be", lindenlea, then perhaps you will also struggle to see why so many teachers leave the UK (or else leave teaching) every year. You will also struggle to see why many young teachers find it hard to pay rent and Council Tax each month or else they have to live with their parents. As for the TPS, it used to be worth something, but now it has been eroded and has lost most of its value, but maybe you don't think that is really a problem either, lindenlea.

    I have known a few international teachers who have returned to the UK, usually for family or personal reasons (such as looking after an elderly and ailing relative). I respect that. But Jamber2000, if teaching in the UK was so good, then why did you leave in the first place? And if it wasn't, why are you going back?
  7. Jamber2000

    Jamber2000 New commenter

    I too left teaching in the UK for personal reasons, I don't believe I mentioned leaving due to problems with teaching in the UK? I left for travelling, life experience and just generally having the experience of teaching in another country. I am moving home for person reasons also. No doubt the benefits of teaching abroad are endless, but I am returning to be closer to my family and friends now that I have had the experience I had always yearned for. :) Thank you all for your advice.
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  8. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    Most local staff have taught abroad. Most are from abroad (London)
  9. tortuman

    tortuman New commenter

    I have head headmasters saying they would not hire somebody who had been teaching abroad. But I think rather than just the fact that they had been teaching abroad, they really meant, they wanted to avoid the hassle of somebody allowed to teach in the UK because of their qualifications are "accepted" (European ones for instance), but with no experience whatsoever of the UK system. It may be harsh or not, but the truth is that the UK education system is really "unique", and I have seen may friends and acquaintances just arrived from Europe with their qualifications and maybe experience as well who have had the shock of their life when they first set foot on English schools.
    Some take to it as a duck to water, those special people who could teach anywhere and who can deal with any type of behaviour.
    If you have been through the UK education system yourself, and have trained here before going abroad, you know what it is like.

    Coming back? Well, I am sure if you love teaching anything and you are good at behaviour management you will be fine.

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