Swapping Canada for England

Megan, an overseas teacher from Canada

Many teachers from overseas are relishing the opportunity to teach in England. If you are qualified to teach in the European Economic Area (EEA), Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States, you may be able to gain qualified teacher status (QTS) in England without any further training or assessment.

Teaching in England will allow you to experience a different culture, explore Europe, and embark on new adventures. Most importantly, you will be expanding your educational experience. It will give you the chance to learn from other teachers and students, and explore different methods of teaching, helping you become a leading practitioner in your field. This is just what Megan from Canada did, as she started a new life in England while doing what she loved most: teaching.

“My reasons for teaching abroad were simple; there was a lack of jobs and I wanted to travel and gain rich life experiences. It was the lack of jobs that brought me over here, but it certainly wasn’t the reason for staying,” says Megan.

The prospect of teaching in England can appear daunting, but many schools provide an array of support to new teachers to the country. “I was lucky to have an excellent mentor who ensured we met weekly and that I understood what was expected of me. Since the time I arrived, Bradford Academy has developed its support for teachers new to the country even further, and the programme is much more robust.”

Now as she approaches her third year teaching at Bradford Academy, Megan reflects on her new career so far. “Teaching in England is never dull; I enjoy interacting with students on a daily basis. I also enjoy the structure of the school year, as the many breaks have allowed me to travel often and experience several cultures and countries.

“In addition, teaching is very rewarding; teaching in a disadvantaged area has its challenges, but with greater challenge comes greater satisfaction. I consider myself very lucky to have the many experiences teaching abroad has afforded me.”

Moving to England is not only an exciting move, but could also give your career a boost, with the possibility of progressing to a leadership role in a short space of time. “I feel that there are many opportunities for my career to progress and develop in England. I’m in my third year of teaching here and have progressed into key stage 5 leader of science. I do feel that professionally I could progress in a number of ways, whether within the department or school-wide.”

“England has afforded me opportunities to travel and work, I have grown as a person and a teacher at a rate teaching at home would never have allowed. I am thankful for the opportunities I have been given, and feel very privileged to have the experiences I have had.”