Friday, August 28, 2009

And so it starts again...Last Minute Teaching Jobs in London, England

Over the summer months, my colleagues in London have shorter hours, and I get the luxury of sleeping in til about 8am as a result. It's been glorious.

Well, those days are over and the madness of filling jobs that have just been announced is in full-swing. I received a phone from the primary team at Classroom Ltd (our London office) at 5am this morning, in regards to a position they were trying to fill by Monday morning. It's manic to say the least!

This happens every year. We slow down in the summer, focus on getting teachers ready to arrive for teaching jobs in London and then bam! A couple of days before schools re-open, the Head Teachers (aka principals) return to school and discover that they need a last-minute hit-the-ground-running teacher to fill a role they didn't know they had.

Well, we're ready for them! We have our incredible, flexible, experienced, ready and waiting teachers who arrived this week and last. We call them, give them as many details as we can about the jobs and get their CVs into the Head Teachers hands. Interviews are arranged, and jobs quickly filled with our outstanding teachers.

This is my favourite time of year. I love the energy and the speed at which we have to work. I love that we're ready for it. And I love that we have a handful of amazing teachers there and ready for this very moment. So, despite losing sleep, I still love this job.

Questions, comments, wanderings? Please leave your thoughts below.

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  1. Do you have a similar scramble in January?

  2. Hi anon,
    Thanks for the question. Yes, although it is a bit different because we have more teachers that arrive in October, November and December so the schools have more teachers to choose from.

    The issue for the schools right now is that less teachers arrive in August without already having jobs lined up, so it's harder for them to fill the jobs they have with great teachers. But, for us, with Classroom Canada, we anticipate this every year and send a select group of dedicated, experienced, flexible teachers able to hit-the-ground running and that really helps.

    For January, the schools still have positions that need filling, and they usually know this in advance, usually by the end of October. So the schools have a couple of months to interview teachers and have trial lessons/days. That really means that it's a smoother, slower process for the teachers & schools alike.

    I hope that helps you to understand the process a bit better. I love the questions! So please keep 'em coming. :-)

  3. Thanks for your answer. If I wanted a teaching post for January or April (to roll over to the next year)what would be the best time for me to arrive? From what I know, the next big hiring time is January.

  4. I should also add that I am open to supply teaching because of the great practise of the school system and behaviour management as well as getting to know schools, but I also want to get qualified in England as soon as I can.

  5. Hi anon,

    You should apply now, and try to arrive in London for the last week of October. That way, you have a good 6-7 weeks of daily supply teaching to get under your belt for the hiring for January jobs. Schools are more interested in interviewing teachers with some UK supply teaching experience than a teacher who has just arrived in January.

    It will be rushed in terms of getting ready to go (getting the visa, bank account, our accommodations, etc) but it's do-able if you can get your paperwork in order.

    If you would like to apply, just send me your resume or CV to apply at classroomcanada dot com. I'll take a look and see if I can help.

    Good luck!


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