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

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.  

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