Newly qualified teachers don’t always stay in the UK

Teachers are needed all over the world, especially in international schools. Newly qualified teachers who are young, may want to travel before settling down to perhaps work in a school in the UK. Many choose to teach English as a Foreign or Second Language and pursue qualifications while training that enable them to do this. However, before rushing off to foreign climes, check out the customs and traditions of the country you are thinking of teaching in. Culture shock is a very real phenomenon and some teachers can’t survive in the country they have chosen to teach in.

Foreign language schools and universities

Some foreign language schools are excellent and treat their staff very well. Others aren’t and don’t. There’s only one way of finding out and that’s to go and see the school, or to contact teachers on the Internet to find out what the school is really like.

You may be attracted to working in a foreign university, but although the pay might be adequate, you need to think about the cost of living in the country.

If you work in the Middle East, the salary might be extremely attractive, and accommodation provided, but how would you fare in the world outside school? This should be carefully considered.

Study the terms and conditions of any contract and don’t, under any circumstances, pay to get a job. Such ads which demand an upfront payment from prospective teachers are usually scams and you will be jobless and out of pocket.

However, it is true that travel broadens the mind, and these days you are not limited to teaching in the UK.

Teaching in the UK

Of course, not all newly qualified teachers have the desire to leave Britain. Given the current unpredictable global situation it is probably safer to teach in Islington than in Istanbul.

However, there are more and more job openings for teachers who want to go to other countries as more foreign institutions than ever before have English curricula. The exodus of teachers is likely to continue, and this will be a drain on British schools. This could lead to contractual agreements for trainee teachers which demand a commitment to teach in Britain for a year or more after gaining qualified teacher status. This could mean that teachers would be constrained by “golden handcuffs” with the government writing off at least some of students’ debts incurred because of tuition fees. That could be seen as advantageous by newly qualified teachers, who could gain valuable teaching experience in the UK.

Although some foreign educational establishments offer professional development and support for teachers, certainly not all do.

It is worth checking out all the teaching positions open to newly qualified teachers before deciding to teach abroad or in the UK.

Cast your net widely and visit to find vacant teaching positions.

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