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Training to teach outside of the UK

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by josiejosie, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. josiejosie

    josiejosie New commenter

    Does anybody have any advice on training outside of the country? Or know if it's advisable if you wanted to return to teach here?
    As my specialism is an Arts subject I am not only concerned about getting a training place here but subsequent employment - are other European countries a better bet?
    Thanks!
     
  2. josiejosie

    josiejosie New commenter

    Does anybody have any advice on training outside of the country? Or know if it's advisable if you wanted to return to teach here?
    As my specialism is an Arts subject I am not only concerned about getting a training place here but subsequent employment - are other European countries a better bet?
    Thanks!
     
  3. Basically, you can't. If you take a PGCE, you will need to be in school on placement for 24 weeks of the course. It has to be done in this country - you can't do it in a school abroad, not even an Armed Forces school. There are some universities which offer an international PGCE, but that does not give you Qualified Teacher Status, and that's what you need to be able to teach (and be paid at the full rate) in this country. You could work as a teaching assistant or unqualified instructor, but you would receive far less pay and get no promotion. Sorry - but that's how it is.
    OtC
     
  4. Hi Josie....I was advised my the guys in the 'teaching abroad' forum to complete PGCE and NQT year here in UK...and if abroad is where you want to be after having gained your PGCE teacher training and NQT from the UK then your chances of getting a job out there is alot higher..that's what im planning on doing..and hoping to secure myself a teaching job in the Middle East...and they want training that has been done in UK.
    i would get your exprience from the uk and ur qualifications and then try applying to british schools abroad...hope that helps :)
    Pippy x
     
  5. josiejosie

    josiejosie New commenter

    Ah thanks. Well in honesty I'd prefer to be teaching here but my subject (art) has been relegated to the bottom of the pile and courses cut so dramatically I'm wondering if I'll ever get to teach at all. Was just thinking that Holland or Germany might be more interested in Art teachers and there may be more training places available. But then there's the language....
    Grasping at straws!
     
  6. There is nothing to stop you applying for teacher training in other EEA country, as the qualificatioon will be fully recognised in UK (i.e. you get QTS and can register with GTC). Language will be the biggest problem, as you not only have to be fluent to be able to do your academic work, but also you need the full command to be able to teach in schools. So unless you are fully bilingual, prospect isn't good. Plus in some countries there may be restriction on non-native citizens enrolling on training courses, because teaching in state schools is a civil service job virtually restricted to own citizens (this is at least the case in France and Germany to my knowledge). Thirdly, there often is no equivalent of PGCE, and you either have to do a full-time teaching degree course followed by teaching practice, or take Masters in pedagogy plus practical work in schools. There are state exams to take at the end of each phase of training. It can take 5-6 years to fully qualify as a teacher. Fees for training vary between countries, but are usually modest - more like hundreds of euro/year than thousands. There are schemes of student support like in UK, but again details vary.
     

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