So You Want To Teach In England...


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In this informal session, a former overseas teacher will discuss her experiences after 4 years of teaching in England. Topics discussed will be: obtaining a job, preparing to move, getting settled, an overview of the English school system, and how to enjoy
your new life abroad. If you have already decided to teach in England, or are thinking about the possibility, don't miss these tips and tricks.

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  • Why are you here?? Not my opinions, only information, not talking you into it!! Biased towards elementary level 2003-2007 - things may have changed
  • So You Want To Teach In England...

    1. 1. So You Want to Teach In England… Tips and Tricks for Success
    2. 2. Outline <ul><li>My Story </li></ul><ul><li>Finding A Job </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing to Move Abroad </li></ul><ul><li>Getting Settled </li></ul><ul><li>Sorting Out School </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoying Europe </li></ul>
    3. 3. My Story
    4. 5. Finding A Job <ul><li>Apply to an agency online. </li></ul><ul><li>Interview (in person or telephone) with the agency. </li></ul><ul><li>Interview (telephone) with a Head teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>Yes, it’s that easy!!! </li></ul>
    5. 6. UK Teaching Agencies <ul><li>Timeplan: </li></ul><ul><li>Impact Teachers: </li></ul><ul><li>Blue Wave: </li></ul><ul><li>Teach Web: </li></ul><ul><li>Protocol Education: </li></ul><ul><li>SANZA: </li></ul><ul><li>Global Education: </li></ul><ul><li>Teach In: http://www. teachinharrow .co. uk/ </li></ul>
    6. 7. Preparing to Move Abroad <ul><li>Passport ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Visa ( Ancestry or new Points Based System ) </li></ul><ul><li>See also Timeplan explanation </li></ul><ul><li>Travel insurance </li></ul><ul><li>Return plane ticket </li></ul><ul><li>What do I do with all my stuff? </li></ul>
    7. 8. Preparing to Move Abroad <ul><li>What should I bring? </li></ul><ul><li>- Layers </li></ul><ul><li>- Electronics* </li></ul><ul><li>- Teaching resources? </li></ul><ul><li>- Mementos of home </li></ul>
    8. 9. Getting Settled <ul><li>A good agency will: </li></ul><ul><li>- help sort out a Visa </li></ul><ul><li>- pick you up at the airport </li></ul><ul><li>- arrange short term accommodation </li></ul><ul><li>- get you a Bank account </li></ul><ul><li>- help you apply for a NIN </li></ul><ul><li>- provide training and advice </li></ul><ul><li>- plan socials so you can meet other overseas teachers </li></ul>
    9. 10. Getting Settled <ul><li>Accommodation </li></ul><ul><li>- Two options: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Renting a house/flat from a local estate agent. 2. Renting a room in a house/flat </li></ul><ul><li>Resources: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>- Consider partnering with other teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>- Utilities (gas/electric/water), Cable, Internet may or may not be included in your rent. You may also be required to pay for council tax. </li></ul>
    10. 11. Getting Settled <ul><li>Televison: five channels are free, or you can pay for digital cable. You also have to pay a monthly tv license fee. </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: Landlines cost money, and often bill by the minute. </li></ul><ul><li>Internet access requires a landline, and is billed similarly to here. </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile phones are a necessity. Companies include: Vodaphone, O2, Virgin, T-Mobile and Orange. </li></ul>
    11. 12. Getting Settled <ul><li>Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>- Transport for London: </li></ul><ul><li>- National Rail: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>- National Express: </li></ul><ul><li>Car? </li></ul>
    12. 13. Getting Settled <ul><li>Money </li></ul><ul><li>- Your agency should set you up with a bank account. </li></ul><ul><li>- Credit cards are hard to get. </li></ul><ul><li>- You get paid by the agency, not the school. </li></ul><ul><li>- Usually you will get paid every 2 weeks. </li></ul><ul><li>- It may be up to a month before you get paid. </li></ul>
    13. 14. Getting Settled <ul><li>Taxes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- VAT tax is included in the price of items. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Taxes are taken off your paycheck. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- When you leave, you can apply to get taxes back. </li></ul></ul>
    14. 15. Getting Settled <ul><li>Health Care </li></ul><ul><li>- The National Health Service (NHS) is included in the taxes you pay. </li></ul><ul><li>- You must register with a local doctor before they will treat you or give you a NHS number. </li></ul><ul><li>- Consider getting travel insurance. </li></ul>
    15. 16. Getting Settled <ul><li>Other UK quirks: </li></ul><ul><li>- TV shows, if shown are up to 6 months behind </li></ul><ul><li>- Movies are delayed or not shown </li></ul><ul><li>- People are fashionable! </li></ul><ul><li>Meet People! </li></ul><ul><li>- church, tours, agency events, clubs, through the school/district </li></ul><ul><li>- overseas neighbourhoods/shops/pubs </li></ul><ul><li>- don’t forget to make English friends! </li></ul>
    16. 17. Sorting Out School <ul><li>Primary School: Foundation Stage (pre-school; non-compulsory) </li></ul><ul><li>Key Stage 1 (4 to 7 years old; reception -yr. 2) </li></ul><ul><li>[Middle School] Key Stage 2 (7 to 11 years old; yr. 3-6) </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary School: Key Stage 3 (11 to 14 years old; yr.7-9) </li></ul><ul><li>Key Stage 4 (14 to 16 years old; yr. 10-11) </li></ul><ul><li>Post-16 / Key Stage 5 (16 to 18 years old) and beyond is a choice. </li></ul><ul><li>Years (not grades) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eg. Nursery = Pre-preschool Year 4 = Grade 3 (ages 8/9) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Reception = Preschool Year 9 = Grade 8 (ages 13/14) </li></ul></ul>
    17. 18. Sorting Out School <ul><li>State schools : funded by the UK government, follow the UK Curriculum, mixed or one-sex. </li></ul><ul><li>Grammar schools : run by the state, students need to score highly on entrance exams to be accepted. </li></ul><ul><li>Religious or special schools : open to everyone. </li></ul><ul><li>Independent/Private schools : tuition fees, not required to follow the UK curriculum (although many do), often referred to as public schools. </li></ul>
    18. 19. Sorting Out School <ul><li>Autumn Term (September - December) </li></ul><ul><li>Spring Term (December - April) </li></ul><ul><li>Summer Term (April - July) </li></ul><ul><li>Week long half-term break (October, February, June) </li></ul><ul><li>Two week term break (Christmas & Easter holidays) </li></ul><ul><li>Bank Holidays (statutory holidays) </li></ul><ul><li>Six week summer break (end of July to September) </li></ul><ul><li>Holidays = Trips using your well earned money! </li></ul>
    19. 20. Sorting Out School <ul><li>Day: 9:00am to 3:30pm. </li></ul><ul><li>Two, 15 minute, breaks (morning and afternoon). </li></ul><ul><li>One hour for lunch. </li></ul><ul><li>Mandatory supervision duties. </li></ul><ul><li>Supply teachers almost always have supervision duties. </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Dinner Ladies’ cover lunch time supervision. </li></ul><ul><li>Many schools offer hot lunches, but students do have the option of bringing a pack lunch also. </li></ul>
    20. 21. Sorting Out School <ul><li>Initial Visa = 2 years of teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Work permit = 2 years of teaching </li></ul><ul><li>After 4 years? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- You must have QTS to stay longer than four years. </li></ul></ul>
    21. 22. Sorting Out School <ul><li>QTS = Qualified Teacher Status . </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers trained overseas are eligible to teach in the UK for up to four years before they must achieve QTS. </li></ul>
    22. 23. Sorting Out School <ul><li>Q. What is OFSTED? </li></ul><ul><li>A. A nightmare!! </li></ul><ul><li>View your school’s OFSTED report online. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Also check League tables (based on standardized testing - SATS, GCSE). </li></ul>
    23. 24. Sorting Out School <ul><li>Students are used to having overseas teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>The UK is very multi-cultural. Expect your classroom to reflect this! </li></ul>
    24. 25. Sorting Out School <ul><li>It’s all about vocabulary! </li></ul><ul><li>Math = Maths </li></ul><ul><li>Health = PSHE/PHSE… </li></ul><ul><li>underwear = pants </li></ul><ul><li>free time = Golden Time </li></ul><ul><li>eraser = rubber </li></ul><ul><li>Gym = P.E. </li></ul>
    25. 26. Sorting Out School <ul><li>Planning may be provided. </li></ul><ul><li>Year groups may teach from the same plans. </li></ul><ul><li>Colleagues are excellent sources of advice (profession and personal). </li></ul><ul><li>Learning curve… </li></ul>
    26. 27. Enjoy Europe <ul><li>Save your money </li></ul><ul><li>& </li></ul><ul><li>Use your holidays! </li></ul>
    27. 28. Enjoy Europe <ul><li>Airlines: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Trains </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Buses </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Car Rentals </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    28. 29. Enjoy Europe <ul><li>Time Out </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>TNT </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Google! </li></ul>
    29. 30. <ul><li>Do your research!! </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy your new career in the UK!!! </li></ul>