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Trying to teach in England from USA with no success.

Discussion in 'Overseas trained teachers' started by jwkeaton91, Mar 27, 2019.

  1. jwkeaton91

    jwkeaton91 New commenter

    I will receive my QTS this April and have 3 years of teaching experience in English and Social Studies as well as training at a UK university. I have applied to over 25 jobs over the last 4 months and have not heard back from any of the schools. I am not sure what I am doing wrong I have a well written and detailed personal statement and experience. I have applied to multiple school types in different areas of the country as well as schools across the range of Ofsted reports. Any suggestions for what I can do different or something new I should try? Thanks so much for any help!
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 27, 2019
  2. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

    Is your 3 years experience of teaching in England. Do you tailor your statement to what each school is asking for, don't send the same one to each school.25 jobs in 4 months is not really a lot so keep applying. Make sure your personal statement isn't too long and that you are not repeating what is already detailed in the application form.
  3. jwkeaton91

    jwkeaton91 New commenter

    Thank you so much that feedback it is really helpful. My three year is in the USA. I use the same basic letter just to cover my skills and stuff but I edit each one to address individual concerns for each school. I will make sure to take your advice and apply it though! Again that you so much for the advice :)
  4. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

    I think you may be getting no interviews as your experience is not with the English curriculum. Have you considered supply (substitute) teaching as a way in and to gain experience of the English curriculum.Did you do your teacher training at an English uni?
    sabrinakat likes this.
  5. nemo.

    nemo. Occasional commenter

    Loads of US teachers in London a decade ago. Basically in rough schools.

    Austerity though meant my last school didn't replace teachers and all of year 7 English classes were taught by non specialists (eg business studies teachers)

    Most who had jobs got these via agencies btw.
  6. lilyflower18

    lilyflower18 New commenter

    Most important question - do you have a visa that allows you to work in the UK, or UK residency?
    sabrinakat likes this.

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