Teach in UK Teacher Recruitment Tour: Q&A with Past Participants
There’s a reason our Teach In UK Teacher Recruitment Tours are so popular – they really are the ideal way to help you choose your perfect UK teaching placement.
But don’t just take our word for it. Hear from some of the latest tour participants, who enjoyed a free recruitment tour to England. They are now experiencing the adventure of a lifetime living and teaching in the UK.
- Rebecca Bruce, Canadian Teacher now working in England
Why did you take part in the Teach In UK Teacher Recruitment tour?
It is pretty easy to decide to come on the June Teach In UK Teacher Recruitment Tour to London. I received a forwarded email from Teach In through my university, and within ten minutes, I had contacted Samantha to get my name on the list. There are not many opportunities to just take a nine day trip to England for $600 Canadian dollars, which was my spending money budget (the tour and flights were free). It was an opportunity to see the place I wanted to live, before I flew over to live.
What made being at a UK school better than a Skype interviews?
There are many advantages to being in the UK for interviews. Many schools, especially secondary schools, don’t really want to Skype interview, and I can understand why. Just because you use buzz words while talking doesn’t always translate into the way you teach. It also gives you an opportunity to see the school, meet staff, and that is something to consider. You can’t properly gauge the teaching environment from what the Head Teacher says. You can from five minutes in the staff room.
I’ve always found the Skype interviews I have taken part in to be awkward. It feels artificial, especially when you have to teach five to ten minutes of a lesson. Also, trial days in British schools often have you teaching, and for me, that is a big relief; I feel more confident in teaching a classroom of students I’ve never met than in an interview. Also, time in the school gives you more to connect yourself to the school in your interview, more so than by looking at the schools website and Ofsted report. For instance, on my trial day I found out that the school was losing their P.E. teacher, and that they would like to hire a teacher who would like to do some P.E. periods, which I considered an advantage.
What were you expected to do as a part of your interviews?
I was put with the teacher currently teaching the students who I’d be teaching if I had accepted the job offer. The teacher gave me all her plans for the day, and I was to teach the entire day. The teacher knew that the head teacher would be coming to watch until after lunchtime, so the entire morning was basically a warm up. After lunch, the head teacher joined us for a whole class, and when the lesson was done, she and I went to have the formal interview. It was pretty casual. Before my cab could get me back to my hotel, the head teacher called to offer me the position.
Would you recommend taking part in the Teach In UK Teacher Recruitment Tour to other international teachers? Why?
Coming from a small town, I really appreciated the Teach In opportunity to go to London because it was my first time in the UK, and the crowds are incomparable to anything I’ve ever seen. The tour gives you an opportunity to see if you want to live in the city you planned on. Most importantly, I think the best advantage of this trip was meeting ten other teachers from Canada. They now live across England. I ended up in Manchester, with two other young women who I wouldn’t have known. We have connections which we can use to see other places in England. Even back in Canada many of us communicated while going through the visa process and moving.