May 22nd is the last day for teachers in England to give their notice for September. Then, schools have a one week break (called half-term break) and school starts up again on June 1st, for the final half-term of the year which will end on July 20th. What does this mean for you?
Head Teachers (aka Principals) know what positions they have as of June 1st and madly try to fill those roles before the end of the year on July 20th.
So when should you be in London? The best possible time to arrive in London to secure a full-time teaching position is when the schools know what they need for the autumn. So, that means you should arrive during the last half-term break between May 25th and May 29th, ready to teach on June 1st.
Supply teaching (aka daily supply, day-to-day teaching, TOC, etc) for the last 6-7 weeks of term can be a gamble, because it's hard to say if you will get 5 days a week at the end of the year, but if you want a full-time teaching job in September, then you should take that risk.
Every single one of my teachers who arrived at the same time last year secured the positions they wanted. Head Teachers like to see teachers in person and observe them teaching. They want to see what you are really like as a teacher, not just what your resume writing skills are like. Some of our schools are willing to do phone interviews with our teachers, especially when the teachers are teaching full-time here in Canada and can't easily depart to London, but most want to see the new teachers in person.
So, if you're one of those keen teachers who really wants a full-time teaching job starting in September, then apply right away. I know our primary team in London will have enough daily supply work to keep you working 3-5 days/week. If you're a secondary school teacher, then it might be tough with daily supply teaching simply because the schools start to have exams and have less of a need for daily supply. But if you are open & able to teach primary, then you can work in that area while we try to secure you a full-time teaching job in a secondary school. We also have an excellent Special Educational Needs department that manages to place our Canadian teachers into jobs almost 100% of the time.
As our readers know, we have a rigorous selection process and select the best & brightest teachers in Canada. We take pride in that. Our teachers always get work, and that to me, is the most important thing. So, if you are a good teacher with outstanding references, then apply. Who knows? Maybe you'll be on a plane to London in just one month's time. That's how I did it anyway.
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Other blog posts that might interest you:
School Term Dates in the UK
Teach in London: When Should You Apply for Teaching Jobs in London?
How Many Teachers Move to London, England with Classroom Canada?
Coffee Time with Jenn (One of the teachers who arrived in May 2008 and secured her dream job with us)