Moving to the U.K. to teach

With the current lack of jobs in Ireland (hopefully going to improve this year), the U.K. may be a good place to move if you are looking for work. Here are some tips and ideas that I picked up when I moved over a year ago.

Pick a place – I know this may sound silly but you need to know where you want to work before you can look for a job. In each city there are boroughs with their own teaching agencies and councils.

Job adverts – Jobs will be advertised through teaching agencies or on the councils websites.

DBS Clearance Certificate

DBS – You need to make sure to have the equivalent of Garda Clearance. (DBS Clearance Website) (Fee involved – school will pay if you are working directly).

Find an address – If you are moving over on your own/don’t know anyone over there already then you need to find somewhere to live. Many teaching agencies will not work with you until you have an address in the U.K. and you also need a U.K. based address to get DBS Clearance (otherwise it takes an eternity to get it!)

Teaching agencies – You need to register with a teaching agency if you have not secured work through the school directly. There are lots to choose from. I worked with Teaching PersonnelCapita Education and Randstad Education. (Just Google teaching agencies in … – and you’ll find a huge list).
You will need to do an interview with each teaching agency you register with, get DBS clearance (you can pay an extra fee at the start to get transferable DBS clearance.)

There can be a huge difference between schools in the U.K. – make sure to do your research before you commit to a school. Check the OFSTED report – outstanding and good schools are where you want to work!

Just to note;

  • The hours are much longer (the school day is similar in time but there is a huge expectation for teachers to stay for a long time after school. This time is spent doing displays, marking books and lesson planning.
  • Observations – these happen quite regularly (usually once a term – but this is dependent on the school and the OFSTED rating). A senior member of staff checks your planning, observes your lesson and gives you feedback.
  • Interviews – usually the interviews in U.K. schools are made up of two parts. An observed lesson and an interview. 

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