Why should Irish teachers teach in the UK? Advice from Timeplan Education

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Why should Irish teachers teach in the UK?

Irish trained teachers are often highly sought after in British schools. The teacher recruitment crisis throughout the UK is well documented and now many schools rely heavily on recruitment agencies to spend the time and effort vetting and processing teachers from overseas for roles in schools.  Irish teachers in particular are in high demand; the similar curriculum, lack of a language barrier and no visa restrictions means that teachers from Ireland settle in comparatively quicker than their overseas counterparts.

Graduating as a new teacher in Ireland often poses its own problems as many teachers struggle to find the 300 teaching hours to complete their PQE or the 100 days required in their Probation Year.  A recent report from the OECD discovered that “more than half of all secondary teachers under the age of 30 are on contracts of a year or less”. However, the opportunity to complete their 300 hours/100 days in the UK is something that is overlooked by many teachers who are often working part time sub-teaching in their hometowns, struggling to make up their teaching hours.

Many Irish teachers are drawn to the Middle East for teaching opportunities and whilst this is great experience to add to a CV, it does not contribute to their registration, unlike the UK.  TimePlan Education facilitate this by helping teachers into permanent roles where, with the assistance of the schools, they can fulfil their registration as recognised by the ITC.

However, living and working in England or Scotland is not solely for teachers who have recently graduated. It can often stand them in good stead to find their dream job once they return home. One Irish TimePlan Teacher told us “I have gained great experience teaching in England which has made me stand out when applying for jobs in Ireland”.

 

What should you expect in a UK classroom?

For any newly qualified teacher in the UK they’ll find the support provided by the schools ensures they feel comfortable stepping into their new role. Additionally, most schools provide continual professional development (CPD) training to ensure they are aware of the latest national curriculum updates and that they feel consistently supported, whether they’re are a newly qualified or an experienced teacher.  Structure is a stringent part of any British classroom, so any Irish trained teacher will be well aware what is expected from them and their students. Non-teaching time will often be incorporated into a teacher’s timetable to ensure full support in lesson planning and marking time is available in school hours, this will contribute to their portfolio as evidence of their completion of their induction year.

The social spectrum of any classroom ensures you can benefit from a chance to experience a variety of cultures and opinions, all within one classroom; a diversity that is not true for most schools around the world.

The shortage of teachers in the UK coupled with the abundance of enthusiastic recently qualified teachers in Ireland looking to complete their PQE/Probation, as well as broaden their CV, means there is no better time for Irish teachers to consider a teaching opportunity here in the UK.

In 2016, TimePlan will be touring Ireland, attending education university fairs, holding presentations and conducting interviews. Schools hire all year round so get in touch if you’re living in Ireland and would like to consider a teaching opportunity in the UK.

 

Watch Melanie talk about why she chose TimePlan and what she’s most looking forward to about teaching in the UK!

 

 

Contact our Irish Coordinator Jade Loftus at ireland@timeplan.net for more information about teaching in England or Scotland.  

Where to Teach in London? A blog by Tradewind Recruitment.

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One of the most common questions teachers have when they moving from Ireland to London is where exactly they should teach. Here are some of the things you might want to consider when making this decision!

Teaching in North London

North London includes boroughs such as Camden, Islington, Enfield, Brent, Harrow, and Haringey. This area has a reputation for being more prosperous than the rest of the city but, as is typical across much of London, there is a huge mix.

Teaching in East London

The East of London includes boroughs such as Hackney, Newham, Barking, and Tower Hamlets. The East End of London has a very rich history because this is where new immigrants traditionally stayed when they first arrived. On a slightly more sinister, but equally as interesting note, it is also where Jack the Ripper and the Kray Twins made their names!

Teaching in South London

South London includes boroughs such as Lewisham, Southwark, Bromley, and Lambeth. This part of the city can feel less busy, and there are some particularly beautiful areas such as Greenwich and Blackheath which are very popular places to live.

Teaching in West London

West London includes places such as Hounslow, Hammersmith, Ealing, Kensington & Chelsea, and Hillingdon so the choice is bountiful! Some of the most exclusive areas can be found in this part of the city, as well as some of the most desirable properties.

 

What is it like?

We help many teachers move from overseas to the UK, in particular teachers from Ireland. If you have not travelled to UK before you are bound to be wondering what it is like to teach in the city. We have taken comments from existing teachers and put together an overview of what you can expect when moving to UK to be a teacher.

Experience the Culture

If you are coming from Ireland you may not expect there to be many cultural differences, however we expect you may be surprised. Everyone takes some time to adjust to somewhere new. On the whole, people are very considerate in London and you will often witness people giving up their seat on the tube for someone that may need it more.

Gain Amazing Life Experiences

There are over three and a half thousand schools in London covering all age groups and special schools. The range of students is diverse and London will allow you to experience a multicultural society that you can’t get elsewhere. If you are looking to advance your teacher skills whilst having fun then this is the place for you to be!

London is the ideal base for travelling Europe during your time off as you can easily pick up a cheap flight to Europe from any of the London based airports.

Getting Around

For most people moving to the UK for the first time a car is a bit of an unnecessary luxury, at least initially. That means for the most part you’re likely to be relying on public transport. Thankfully, in most cities the public transport provision is very good. In London specifically, it’s one of the more ideal ways to get around.  Travel in the capital is incredibly straightforward, with buses, trains, and the Tube underground rail system. All of these are covered by the Oyster Card system, allowing you to travel just by tapping the pre-paid card against readers on buses or when you enter or leave a station.
Tradewind Recruitment and SANZA Teaching Agency Specialising in the recruitment of Teachers and Support Staff for schools and nurseries throughout the UK.

 

 

Why should you consider an Internship and how can you apply?

 

 

 

 

 

Why should you consider an internship?

There are many reasons to do an internship. The outcomes of an internship can include: increasing your skills and knowledge; improving your understanding of a particular job or industry; and the chance to network. All of this can help you to find a paid permanent position in the future.

 

How do you apply for an Internship?

Applying for an internship is a lot like applying for an ordinary job. You will need to provide a CV and cover letter. It is also important that you treat an interview for an internship in the same way that you would an ordinary interview. There are different types of internships such as academic internships, summer internships and graduate internships.

UCD has numerous academic programmes (undergraduate and postgraduate –both taught and research) that include an internship component. Internships vary in duration with some being up to a year in length.

Providing internship opportunities as part of a programme of study benefits students in many ways:

-An opportunity to put theory into practice is provided
-New skills and knowledge, personal and work related, are acquired
-Students’ employment potential is enhanced
Organisations that provide internship opportunities to UCD students also gain positively from the experience:
-Students bring new and updated skills and fresh ideas to the work place
-Student interns can be assessed for their potential to fill future positions

 

Where can you find Internships?

  1. Careers Connect

There are hundreds of internships and job vacancies being advertised on Careers Connect, including jobs in Dublin, the rest of Ireland and overseas – with new employers registering every day. If you’re a UCD student, login with your UCD Connect username and password. If you’ve graduated from UCD, you can register for an alumni account by filling in a simple form. You can update your profile to indicate industry areas you’re interested in, and choose whether to receive email alerts for vacancies.

Under the ‘Online Resources‘ section of our website and Careers Connect, you will be able to search for international internships through ‘Going Global‘, ‘CEI‘ to name a few.

 

2. UCD Internships & Volunteering Fair

On Wednesday, 3rd February 2016, we will be hosting the annual UCD Internships & Volunteering Fair in Astra Hall, Student Centre, Belfield Campus. This fair attracts around 1000 students across all disciplines looking to enhance their career prospects by undertaking an internship or make a broader contribution through volunteering.We will advertise this event on Facebook and Twitter early in the new year.

 

For any queries in relation to academic internships, do no hesitate to contact us in the office through careers@ucd.ie

 

 

 

Primary and Secondary Teaching Opportunities in UK

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Engage Education are a dynamic recruitment organisation based in Dublin city centre specialising in providing Irish teachers with short and long term contract positions across England. With a strong base of experienced consultants, we place huge emphasis on treating every teacher individually and select only the ideal environments according to suitability. Engage Education are also the founders of the much acclaimed ‘iday’, a specialist education recruitment event that gives Irish teachers the unique opportunity to fly to England for free and interview with a number of schools on the same day and at the same location.

Over 1,350 primary and secondary schools across the UK are currently recruiting teachers for full-time posts and are looking to meet with Irish-trained teachers at our 2015 iday events at which these schools interview.

Teachers selected to attend the event are flown to the UK for the four-day event. During this time, they will have the opportunity to interview with up to 8 UK principals for full-time posts starting in September. They will be invited to a free CPD day run by education leaders and have the opportunity to visit schools before accepting a post. All positions will offer probation/induction to newly qualified teachers and progression to experienced teachers. All travel and accommodation expenses for the four-day event are covered by Engage Education. As this is a bespoke event designed to offer a tailored interview schedule to all candidates, over 90% of teachers will be offered positions.

For more information, fill in your details at the link below:

http://goo.gl/forms/v9oWwfxCeU

Otherwise please contact Rachel in our St. Stephens Green office on 0864109883 or rachel.travers@engageeducation.ie for more information.

2015 Graduate Jobs with the UK Civil Service

Where will you lead?

Interested in a career in the public service? Consider the UK Civil Service through their Fast Stream talent management programme for graduates who have the potential to become leaders of the civil service.

The scheme is open to applicants who have achieved or are predicted to achieve at least a 2:2 degree in any subject and who are:

  • European Economic Area (EEA) nationals, including British citizens
  • Commonwealth citizens
  • Swiss nationals
  • in some circumstances, Turkish nationals

There are a range of Fast Stream schemes that you can apply for, each with a separate closing date:

Applications are now open but some are closing soon. Why not attend a Career Development Centre CV/application or interview seminar to help with your application? Book a place through Careers Connect.