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What work experience is relevant?

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by koline_iiola, May 29, 2020.

  1. koline_iiola

    koline_iiola New commenter

    Hello everyone!

    I’m a qualified early childhood teacher with one year of teaching experience. My career goal is to work overseas in an international school but most job applications ask for at least two years of experience.

    My current school is now offering me a position in an upper primary class. I was wondering if working in Primary would contribute to the working experience when I apply for an early years job position?

    I hope someone has a better knowledge on this!

  2. Ne11y

    Ne11y Occasional commenter

    It's swings and roundabouts. In which country would you be looking to start?

    I ask because EYFS teachers can either be like gold dust (EYFS specialists don't seem to work much internationally), or positions are filled by locals/non-specialists, it really depends on what the local/school attitude is to EYFS.

    Where I am right now, the local attitude is that it's merely kindergarten/daycare, so our efforts to push it as a valuable part of the curriculum is an uphill fight at times. We currently have an excellent specialist teacher, but in the past have not. I've seen this elsewhere in this country too: EYFS is often low on the list of priorities.

    In such a place, having experience in Y1-6 would be valuable, as it would make you more flexible to fill the school's needs.

    However. One year in EYFS, then moved to Y5/6? That's an unusual jump and means you won't have a solid 2 years in either area. If it were Y1/2, that would be more fitting. Applying for an EYFS position, you would only have 1 year experience of that area behind you but KS1 would still fit in, while KS2 might not help your application in a school looking for a specialist.

    In short, if you are moving out of EYFS next year, try and get yourself into Y1/2, that would be more fitting and would uphold your application. Y5/6 would not help you much.
  3. TeacherMan19

    TeacherMan19 Occasional commenter

    Yes it would contribute to your working experience.
  4. amysdad

    amysdad Established commenter

    It will help, particularly if you at some point want to move further up the tree. It's a bit of the reputational thing - it's easier for a teacher in Y1 - 6 to become a Primary head than it is for EYFS (think of the footballer asking the manager to show their medals) in the same way that it's easier for a Head of Secondary to become Head of School than his (usually female) Primary colleague.

    BTW, the reason some schools ask for 2 years experience is because it's a visa requirement in a lot of countries. Some can get round that, others can't.

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