England is currently experiencing a shortage of teachers, and educators from New Zealand are an attractive catch – thanks partly to the high quality of training provided to teachers in NZ and also to their ability to easily integrate into their new schools and provide a refreshing international perspective to their British pupils. But what are English schools and recruitment companies like Engage Education doing to attract and keep these teachers from New Zealand?
English schools are able to offer faster career progression than teachers can typically expect in many other countries due to a favourable teacher-to-vacancy ratio, and a country-wide focus on teacher training and retainment. Ambitious teachers in England can expect to see career progression in the form of a title change or extra paid responsibilities within their first two years.
International education recruitment agency Engage Education provides free supplementary professional training throughout teachers’ careers, ensuring schools get the most out of their international teachers and that teachers get the most out of their careers.
With the city of London and the rest of Europe right on your doorstep, teaching in England is particularly appealing to young and newly qualified teachers who are interested in traveling throughout the UK and Europe during the term holidays and weekends.
With British schools offering 13 weeks of holidays between term time, teachers from New Zealand can take full advantage of the geography of the UK and its proximity to the European continent. Engage also offers 10% off holidays, travel and tours with STA Travel which enables teachers to really enjoy those long breaks.
With Engage Education, teachers relocating from New Zealand receive complete relocation support, including flying teachers out for an all-expenses-paid trip to the UK to find their new teaching job. Once a teacher has secured a new job with a British school, they receive help with all necessary documentation and training, as well as bank account set-up and a £1000 relocation bonus to help them get settled.
If you’re considering moving to the UK to kick-start your teaching career, you can register to come along to one of Engage’s week-long interview events – called iday – or just get in touch for a career planning session to see how relocating could work for you!