Monday, April 30, 2012

Wanted: Teachers with Wanderlust

Wanted: Teachers With Wanderlust

To start Sept/Oct 2012

Live with Other Canadian Teachers, Work and Travel the World

Getting started: We are currently interviewing teachers for jobs that start in September and October of 2012. All you need to do is send in your resume & cover letter and we'll send you a quick questionnaire to complete.  If selected for an interview, you will have the chance to talk with Victoria Westcott, author of Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians and a recent TED X speaker.  She will chat with you about what it's really like to teach in London, what the housing is like and what is realistic for your job prospects, all while determining if you're the right fit for our team in London.

Don't try to hide your wanderlust!  Embrace it.

PS) If you're selected to teach with Classroom Canada in London, Victoria will give you a copy of her ebook for free (a $29.95 value!).

PPS) 50% of our teachers come from word of mouth & referrals from our teachers.  Spread the word & help your friends find the right jobs for them.  Thanks!

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Difference Between the United Kingdom, Great Britain & England Explained


This is the best video I've ever found that explains the difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England.  For teachers looking to move to London, this is an essential watch!

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Get Ready for Canada Day in London!


 One of the most exciting events of the year is fast approaching for Canadians in London. Canada Day!


Here is the press release I just received:

3 April 2012 - Londoners and Canadians alike will be treated to a free festival and live concert as Canada on Stage rocks Trafalgar Square at Canada Day in London 2012.

The musical home of Bryan Adams, Drake, Justin Bieber and Arcade Fire is to be celebrated this summer with some of Canada’s most popular artists taking centre stage on Sunday 1st July in Trafalgar Square.

Canadian music legends

Our Lady Peace will be headlining this year’s live concert starting at 6pm. Now a decade into their recorded career, Our Lady Peace just released their new album Healthy in Paranoid Times.

Visitors will enjoy the sounds of international music stars including Shad, Kid Koala, Rich Aucoin, Sarah MacDougall, Ladies of the Canyon, Cara Luft, Rose Cousins and Amelia Curran. This stellar mix of Canadian performers will showcase the diversity of Canada’s world-renowned music scene.

Gordon Campbell, Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, said: "With the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee, it's a wonderful year to be a Canadian in the United Kingdom. Canada Day in Trafalgar Square will be a great addition to the celebrations. Last year thousands of people came out to enjoy our national holiday on July the 1st. I hope this year even more will join us."

The main stage will provide a platform for crowds to enjoy Canada’s artists and offers the perfect backdrop to other major attractions during Canada Day in London including a live street hockey game, a chance to sample Canadian culinary delights such as bison burgers and poutine, Canadian wine and ice-cold Molson’s beer – perfect accompaniments to a day of musical talent.

"Working closely with the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), each year we try to bring Canada’s vibrant music scene to London with a diverse array of artists and performances," said Chad Molleken, Event Director, Canada Day in London. "Every year we get more creative and 2012 is shaping up to be our most exciting event yet."

Now in its 7th year, Canada Day in London is an initiative of the Canadian community in the United Kingdom. The event showcases the best of Canadian music, sport, art, culture, tourism, business, food and drink to Londoners and visitors from around the world.

Canada Day in London is endorsed by the Canadian High Commission, made possible with the support of the London Mayor’s Office, and produced by Rainmaker Global Business Development. For more information visit
www.canadadaylondon.com.

Canada Day in London is proudly sponsored by: Nexen Inc., Canadian Affair, Canadian Tourism Commission, Molson Coors, TD, Rainmaker, O2, Stikeman Elliot, BMO Financial Group, RBC Wealth Management, Scotia Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, BHP Billiton, Thomson Reuters, CAE and the Grange Hotels. This event is made possible with the kind support of the Mayor of London and the Canadian community.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Hey Canadians in the UK: 24 Canadian Bands, One May Weekend, Brighton Beach & Awesome Times


I just heard about this on facebook & wanted to pass along the event to all the Canadians in the UK who want to take a weekend trip to Brighton.  24 Canadian bands, one weekend and a great beach.  How awesome is that? 

Canada House Debuts At The Great Escape 2012

Presenting some of the finest acts Canada has to offer including Rich Aucoin, Born Gold, The Sheepdogs, Misteur Valaire, Hooded Fang and more

www.canadianblast.com/tge2012
www.escapegreat.com

Canada is making its biggest splash ever at The Great Escape Festival this May in Brighton, UK. For three days, 24 Canadian bands will travel to the United Kingdom, showcasing music from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Vancouver, British Columbia.

To celebrate, the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA, in conjunction with The Great Escape, is hosting it's inaugural Canada House at TGE at the Blind Tiger Club (52-54 Grand Parade), starting at 11AM on Thursday 10th May. Canada House will feature four showcasing partners and twelve bands over three afternoons 10th - 12th May 2012.

Acts range from Hot Panda's angular indie, Gold & Youth's tender synth pop to Misteur Valaire's glitchy electronica and Slow Down, Molasses' grassroots rock and much more, showcasing a cornacopia of Canadian talent. Full details of the event are below, including links to all the bands.

Showcasing partners will host VIP Networking Brunches for TGE Delegates at the Blind Tiger Club daily starting at 11AM on Thursday, 12PM on Friday and 11:30AM on Saturday. Afterwards, the doors open to general admission for the Canadian showcases. Alberta Music and SaskMusic will host a Western Canadian Showcase on Thursday, 10th May. Music Nova Scotia will host a showcase on Friday, 11th May and M for Montreal and FACTOR will host showcases on Saturday, 12th May. In addition, the 24 Canadian bands will perform throughout the festival across Brighton.

Canada House is presented by Canadian Blast, an initiative of the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA).

Basic Info & Line-up Details:
Canada House at Blind Tiger Club
Thursday 10th May – Saturday 12th May
12PM – 4PM (Brunches for TGE Delegates beforehand – see schedule below)
w: www.canadianblast.com/tge2012
f: www.facebook.com/canadianblast
t: @canadianblast or #cdnblast

THURSDAY 10th MAY
‘Western Canadian Showcase’
Presented by Alberta Music and SaskMusic
Networking Brunch (delegates only) – 11:00AM – 12:00PM
General Doors for Showcase – 11:45AM
Slow Down, Molasses – 12:00 – 12:30PM
Hot Panda – 12:45 – 13:15PM
Jordan Cook aka Reignwolf – 13:30 – 14:00PM
Born Gold – 14:30 – 15:00PM
The Sheepdogs – 15:15 – 15:45PM

FRIDAY 11th MAY
‘Bangers and Mosh’
Presented by Music Nova Scotia
Networking Brunch (delegates only) – 12:00 – 13:00PM
General Doors for Showcase – 12:45PM
The Town Heroes – 13:00 – 13:30PM
Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers – 14:00 – 14:30PM
Rich Aucoin – 15:00 – 15:30PM

SATURDAY 12th MAY
FACTOR Networking Brunch (delegates only) – 11:30AM – 12:30PM
‘M on the Road’
Presented by M for Montreal
General Doors for Showcase – 12:15PM
Alexandre D├ęsilets – 12:30PM – 13:00PM
Misteur Valaire – 13:30 – 14:00PM
‘Northern Lights’
Presented by FACTOR
Hooded Fang – 14:15 – 14:45PM
Gold & Youth – 15:15 – 15:45PM

Full rundown of all Canadian bands performing at The Great Escape:
Alexandre D├ęsilets
Barr Brothers
Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers
Born Gold
Doldrums
Donovan Woods
Eight and a Half
Gold & Youth
Grimes
Half Moon Run
Hooded Fang
Hot Panda
Jordan Cook aka Reignwolf
Misteur Valaire
New Look
October Sky (alternative escape)
Odonis Odonis
Rich Aucoin
Slow Down, Molasses
The Darcys
The Sheepdogs
The Town Heroes
Trust
Yukon Blonde

Canadian programming continues with M for Montreal (FRIDAY 11th May – Coalition) and Arts & Crafts (SATURDAY 12th May – Above Audio) curating their own evening showcases. CIMA will coordinate an official Canadian matchmaking session on Friday, 11th May. For the full band schedule, visit www.canadianblast.com/tge2012.

In addition to CIMA, the following Canadian companies will be in attendance: Avalanche Productions (M For Montreal), Bedlam Music Management, Sonic Entertainment, Arts & Crafts Records, Dine Alone Records, Amelia Artists, Mr. Management, PopGuru Sound and Vision, Indica Records, Paper Bag Records, Go Kartz Management, Aporia Records, FACTOR, Music Nova Scotia, Alberta Music Industry Association, Break Out West, SaskMusic, Polaris Music Prize and others.

CIMA gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our partners and sponsors: the Radio Starmaker Fund, the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), Harvard Broadcasting, Audio-Video Licensing Agency Inc. (AVLA), the Government of Canada, the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), Astral Radio, Canadian Music Week (CMW), and the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR). CIMA would like to thank our showcasing partners at TGE: Alberta Music, FACTOR, M for Montreal, Music Nova Scotia, and SaskMusic.
For more info about Canadian Blast and Canada House at the Great Escape, please contact debbie@createspark.co.uk or lauren@createspark.co.uk
For more about The Great Escape in general, please contact lisa@markborkowski.co.uk

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

More Great News for Teachers in England


April has been an amazing month for our Canadian & American teachers in London.  First, we found out that Canadian and American teachers are automatically given QTS status, which you can read more about here.  And now, we found out that teachers no longer have to pay 36 pounds to register with the General Teaching Council (the GTC) as it's been abolished.  Here are the details on the change.

We're happy any time teachers can save on administrative costs!  Happy days.

I will be posting soon about what teachers can do in the summer time in order to save money, advance their careers & travel the world.  Watch this space and be sure to click follow on the right hand side to get the updates first.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Current Teaching Jobs in London, England


Here is another small sample of our current teaching jobs for London, England schools:

Primary & Secondary Teaching Positions

 

EYFS Teacher / MFL Teacher, East London

A multicultural, two form entry Primary school in the London Borough of Newham is seeking a full time MFL / EYFS teacher to start at the end of April, continuing on for the remainder of the summer term. There is the potential for this job to extend into the Autumn term.


An MFL specialist is required to deliver the KS2 French curriculum part-time and to spend the rest of the week in the nursery covering PPA time at this East London school.


A teacher with UK Primary teaching experience is ideal for this role, however Secondary trained teachers with Primary experience will be considered for the position. The school are happy to provide EYFS training for a candidate with excellent credentials that may be lacking experience in EFYS.
The nature of the role requires a teacher with a versatile chatacter with the ability to comfortably float between the different age groups.


The Early Years Foundation Stage at this school was recently rated as "outstanding" by Ofsted. A teacher with strong experience and excellent curriculum knowledge will fit in well at this fantastic school. A dedicated and friendly staff team will be on hand to assist the successful candidate.


This role begins after the Easter break but the school are looking at CVs now. If your experience suits the requirements of this role do not hesitate to send your CV to apply AT classroomcanada.com.

 

English Teacher required for Secondary School in South London

A Long Term maternity cover position has become available at a fantastic South London Secondary School from September 2012. The school are considering applications now.


The school, located in the London Borough of Lambeth, is looking for a highly qualified, experienced English Teacher to join their strong English department. The ideal will teacher will have at least a term's full time teaching experience and will be an enthusiastic, energetic and talented educator. Strong curriculum knowledge is required for this role.


The school has been rated as "good with many outstanding features" in the latest Ofsted report. Results are strong and continually improving year upon year. As a result, the school appoint only the highest quality teachers who can provide exemplary lessons for all pupils. The school also has excellent facilities, many of which have been recently upgraded.


If you suit the requirements of this role please send your CV to apply AT classroomcanada.com today. Applications are being considered for this position now as the school are keen to appoint the right teacher as soon as possible.

 

Maths Teacher required for a Long Term Position, North London

A successful Secondary School in North London is seeking a qualified Maths Teacher to teach maths to KS3 & KS4. This is a long term position that will begin after the Easter break.


The school, situated in the London Borough of Camden, is looking for a Maths Teacher to join their strong staff team with at least a term's UK maths teaching experience. The ideal candidate must be a creative classroom practioner, with excellent behaviour management skills with a passion for teaching maths. Previous experience teaching KS5 is preferable but not essential.


CVs are being considered for this position now do don't hesitate to send your CV to apply AT classroomcanada.com. CVs will be considered up to the 5th May or until the vacancy has been filled.

 

Special Educational Needs Teaching Positions

Teacher of the Hearing Impaired required for an East London School

An East London School is looking for a qualified Teacher of the Deaf or an SEN teacher with BSL. This school has a specific deaf provision in place, which focuses strongly on inclusion.

Experience of working with hearing impaired students is essential. A teacher of deaf qualification is required and BSL level 2 is preferred.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a teacher with a passion for SEN to further their career. The school offers excellent support and training opportunities to their staff.

If you have a passion for working in Special Educational Needs and are looking for a new challenge then we would like to hear from you.


Please send you CV to apply AT classroomcanada.com.


 

SLD Home Tutor Required Urgently


 

An exciting position had come up within one of our lovely SEN provisions that works closely with pupils with SLD and severely Autistic pupils. The candidate will be required to be mobile across several locations within the same vicinity therefore it is essential that you have a full driver’s license and access to a car.

We are looking for a teacher with QTS and a background of teaching KS3 and KS4 within an SEN environment. The ideal candidate will have SEN experience, a recognised teaching qualification and excellent spoken English. Please be aware that an enhanced CRB disclosure will be required as well as two recent references from your previous teaching experience.  To apply, send your CV to apply AT classroomcanada.com.


Head Teacher, Independent Special Educational Needs School, North London



A unique Independent Special Educational Needs school have an exciting leadership opportunity. This is a permanent role for a dynamic senior special educational needs professional who is looking for a challenging but rewarding management position.

The school provides specialist education for children with cerebral palsy and associated learning difficulties, up to the age of 11. The aim of the school is to inspire students to develop independence, confidence and self-esteem in order to achieve their full potential, by delivering a pioneering and specialist education service to children and their families. In order to achieve these aims, the school combines the National Curriculum with the philosophy of Conductive Education.

The role itself will involve leading classroom staff and organising the day to day running of the school. You will be responsible for providing line management to the multi-disciplinary team and will lead staff in the planning, monitoring and maintenance of records such as IEPs and Annual Reviews. Another important aspect of the role will be the strategic development of the education service, which will involve curriculum development and raising the profile of the school. You will have responsibility for the assessment and selection of children attending the school and will also provide support to parents in matters of statementing and assessment.

In order to be considered for this position you must have at least three years’ experience of working at senior level within a primary school. Significant experience in SEN is essential and you must have experience teaching children with moderate to severe learning difficulties, within a multi-disciplinary setting. Strong leadership and management skills are also essential in addition to excellent communication and presentation skills.


English Teacher (SEN) South London


 

Exciting opportunity for a qualified English teacher to join a team of SEN professionals at a special needs school. This position would suit a dedicated teacher who is looking for a challenging but rewarding teaching role.


Full description:

Classroom are currently looking for an English Teacher for a full time position at a secondary school for children with special needs in south London.

The school caters for KS3 and KS4 students with SEBD, ASD, MLD and SpLD and their brand new building provides an excellent learning environment for the students.

The position would suit a qualified English specialist with previous SEN experience. Strong behaviour management skills are essential along with the desire to help children with barriers to learning.

This position is to start straight after the Easter holiday until the end of the summer term, with potential to continue into the next academic year.

Please only apply to this position if you have the relevant qualification and experience, the right to work in the UK and a recent CRB.

Hospital School Teacher (Mental Health) East London

Classroom Ltd currently have an exciting opportunity for a qualified teacher to join a team of professionals at a specialist hospital centre for young people with mental illness.

You will be joining a multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals and will be responsible for providing a high standard of education to adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18. The students are treated at the centre for a range of mental health issues such as eating disorders, psychosis and severe OCD and will be experiencing high levels of emotional and mental stress. The centre is therefore looking for a versatile teacher with strong behaviour management skills, who can remain calm in challenging and emotionally distressing situations.

Teachers at the centre work across the curriculum and this specific position will involve teaching maths, science, art and ICT.

This is a part time position from Wednesday-Friday, to start after the Easter break until the end of the summer term.

If you are a conscientious and empathetic teacher who is looking for a challenging but rewarding role in a hospital school setting then this could be the opportunity for you!

Please only apply for this position if you have the necessary skills and experience along with the right to work in the UK and a recent CRB.

Classroom's specialist SEN division is dedicated solely to recruiting and placing teachers across the full SEN spectrum in London and the Home Counties. We offer positions within PRU’s, MLD and SLD Schools, Learning Support Units, Outreach and Intervention Services and Youth Offending Teams. In addition we work closely with individual schools and LEA’s providing a comprehensive 1:1, Home and Hospital Tuition Service.

Classroom's SEN team have the knowledge, expertise and relationships needed to find you the position you've been looking for. We have excellent, long-standing relationships with our clients and have spent years building their trust, meaning we are exceptionally well-placed to place you.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Changes to QTS for Overseas Trained Teachers


We have great news for Canadian, Australian, New Zealander & American teachers who are teaching in London, England.  From April 1st 2012, these teachers are automatically given their British QTS - which stands for Qualified Teacher Status.  QTS used to be something that our teachers concerned themselves with if they wanted to stay in the UK for longer than 4 years, but now they need not fret. 


Here's part of an email I just received that explains the changes to QTS:

From 1 April 2012, teachers who qualified in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States of America (USA) will be recognised as qualified teachers and awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in England without being required to undertake any further training or assessment. They will still be required to satisfy any UK Border Agency requirements that may apply to them for the purposes of entering or remaining in the UK to work as a teacher. In order to be awarded recognition as a qualified teacher, they will need to have satisfied both of the following conditions in Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA:

(a) they must have successfully completed a course of initial teacher training (ITT) which is recognised by the competent authority in that country; and

(b) successfully completed or satisfied any additional conditions, including any period of professional experience comparable to an induction period, which are required for employment on a permanent basis in government schools (schools wholly or mainly government funded) in Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA.

Teachers who are barred or subject to any restrictions on their eligibility to teach in their country of qualification will not be able to be recognised as qualified teachers in England. To be recognised as a fully qualified teacher in England, you must be able to teach as a fully qualified teacher in the country where you were trained.

Teachers who failed an assessment of the QTS standards as part of an ITT programme in England before 1st April 2012 will not be awarded QTS under these arrangements. They will need to undertake another course of ITT and meet all of the standards before they can be considered for QTS. Teachers who previously commenced but did not complete an ITT programme may still be considered for QTS without further training.

Applying for QTS

Teachers must apply to the Teaching Agency for the award of QTS before they can be recognised as qualified teachers. The downloadable application form should be completed and sent to the Teaching Agency with a letter confirming that that the teacher is both qualified and eligible to teach permanently in the country in question. Only letters from the recognised authority will be accepted for this purpose.

The Teaching Agency will verify that the individual is a fully qualified teacher in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA and has not been barred from teaching. Subject to satisfactory completion of these checks, the teacher will be issued with a letter confirming the award of QTS. Details of fully qualified teachers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA will be held on the Teaching Agency’s database of teachers with QTS.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Another Blast from the Past: An Interview with a Canadian Teaching Assistant in London, England

I interviewed Bryn a year ago & thought it would be great to revisit her interview again here.  She's still in London, and she's still a TA with us.  Thanks Bryn!

Coffee Time with Classroom Canada - Bryn Morin (U of Windsor)

Name: Bryn Morin
University: University of Windsor
Subjects: Drama in Education, Child Psychology
Ages You Teach: Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7), Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11)


How long have you been a Teaching Assistant in London?
1.5 years
What do you teach?
Special needs support in a mainstream nursery.
Why did you chose to work with Classroom Canada?
I was looking for an opportunity to work in a different country when a Facebook ad for Classroom Canada popped up on my screen. I kid you not! Classroom Canada didn't advertise there for long, so I guess it must have been fate. At the time, I was just getting back into teaching after a five-year hiatus, and I thought this would be an incredible opportunity. So I did my research and was impressed with what I saw. The rest is history.
What was the biggest adjustment for you to make in your teaching in London compared to Canada?
I think most people say this, but definitely behaviour management. I was used to 95% of my students automatically listening to me. That can happen in London too, but only once you've
developed the right skills and strategies. I'm grateful for it, actually. I think it's made me a much better teacher.
Describe a typical London day in 3-4 sentences.
A typical day for me now involves getting up, walking to work, playing with children, walking home, and then either lounging, hitting the gym, or going out swing dancing in the evening. The best part about London, though, is there are so many opportunities for atypical days. There are loads of cool and quirky events happening all around the city all the time, and many of them are free!
What is the one piece of advice you can offer a Canadian Teaching Assistant considering the move to London?
Keep an open mind. If you're determined to make the best of this experience, no matter what it throws at you, it will be one of the best and most influential experiences of your life.
Describe the funniest thing that’s happened to you in your year so far:
I work with 3-4 year olds, so every day is a series of hilarious moments. I can't think of anything that stands out above the rest. But when the majority of your work day is spent smiling and laughing, you know you're in the right job.
Describe the worst thing:
Probably winding up in hospital with a bite from the child I work with. But even that wasn't so bad. He bit me out of love, so I just had to laugh it off.
What made you stay with Classroom Canada, rather than any other agency?
I've always felt loyalty to Classroom. Sometimes when there isn't much work available, it's tempting to sign up with as many agencies as you can. But when Classroom doesn't have work, neither do those other agencies.

What I love about Classroom is they've always been prepared to go the extra mile for me when I really needed it. They've got my back, and they always pull through.

What qualities do you have that make your stay more enjoyable?
I don't think there's anything more important than a positive attitude. Any experience can be as good or as bad as you want to make it.
Thanks Bryn!

We are currently interviewing teachers and teaching assistants for teaching jobs in London that start in Sept/Oct 2012.  To apply, send your resume & cover letter to apply AT classroomcanada.com.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Latest Job Postings for Teachers in London, England

Teaching Jobs in London, England


Here is just a small sample of some of the jobs we are trying to fill for schools in London, England.  To apply, send your resume & cover letter to apply AT classroomcanada.com. 

Science Teacher, Maternity Cover, Central London

Experienced Secondary Teacher

A school in the London Borough of Lambeth are looking for a Science Teacher, specialising in Biology to fill a maternity cover position. This vacancy will be available after the June half term break and will continue into the next academic year.

This all girls' school located in Lambeth, has been rated as "outstanding" in a recent Ofsted inspection. It is a well respected school by pupils and teachers alike and has excellent facilities. Students regularly achieve good results and the school are seeking a teacher capable of continuing to deliver an exceptional level of teaching. An inspirational and enthusiastic educator will do well in this ever improving school.

The ideal teacher will have solid UK teaching experience and will be comfortable to teach Science, particularly Biology, to KS5. However, the school will consider someone who has experience teaching up to KS4. A willingness and ethusiasm for teaching KS5 is beneficial for applications.

Year 3 Teacher, Summer Term, North London

Experienced Primary Teacher

An experienced and enthusiastic Year 3 Teacher is needed to fill a long-term vacancy at a primary school in the Enfield area of London. This position is available from after the Easter break and will continue for the remainder of the academic year.

A highly experienced, outstanding educator is needed to take on full responsibilities of the role of Year 3 class teacher. Experience with EAL students is favourable for this multicultural and diverse primary school. The ideal candidate will have superb KS2 curriculum knowledge and be a keen, energetic and professional teacher with the ability to inspire, encourage and motivate children.

The school, based in Enfield, is a two-form entry school. With a strong and supportive staff team, Ofsted have recently recognised the school's commitment to creating a supportive learning environment for all pupils. The school also has excellent facilities.

Hospital School Teacher (Mental Health)

Special Educational Needs Teacher

Classroom currently have an exciting opportunity for a qualified teacher to join a team of professionals at a specialist hospital centre for young people with mental illness.

You will be joining a multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals and will be responsible for providing a high standard of education to adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18. The students are treated at the centre for a range of mental health issues such as eating disorders, psychosis and severe OCD and will be experiencing high levels of emotional and mental stress. The centre is therefore looking for a versatile teacher with strong behaviour management skills, who can remain calm in challenging and emotionally distressing situations.

Teachers at the centre work across the curriculum and this specific position will involve teaching maths, science, art and ICT.

This is a part time position from Wednesday-Friday, to start after the Easter break until the end of the summer term.

If you are a conscientious and empathetic teacher who is looking for a challenging but rewarding role in a hospital school setting then this could be the opportunity for you.

English Teacher (Special Educational Needs), South London

SEN Division

Classroom are currently looking for an English Teacher for a full time position at a secondary school for children with special needs in south London.

The school caters for KS3 and KS4 students with SEBD, ASD, MLD and SpLD and their brand new building provides an excellent learning environment.

This role would suit an English specialist with previous SEN experience. Strong behaviour management skills are essential along with the desire to help children with barriers to learning.
This position is to start straight after the Easter holiday until the end of the summer term, with potential to continue into the next academic year.

Physical Education & Dance Teacher, Central London

Secondary School Teacher

A school in Central London is seeking a PE and Dance Teacher to begin after the Easter break continuing until the end of the academic year.

The ideal teacher will have UK experience in teaching PE and ideally Dance to KS3 and KS4. Experience with A-Level teaching is desirable but not essential. Although UK experience is desirable, the school are willing to consider overseas trained teachers deemed to have excellent credentials and experience.

The school, located in Camden has recently been rated as "outstanding" by OFSTED and is highly regarded by teachers and pupils alike. The school have exceptionally high standards and only recruit outstanding teachers. Energetic and dynamic teachers will do well in this fantastic school environment, which boasts excellent PE facilities and a strong staff team.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

What's it really like to teach in London, England?

Coffee Time with Jonathan

From small town Nova Scotia to London, England

Who is successful in their teaching in London? I've said it a million times, and I'll say it again: the most successful teachers and TA's are positive thinkers. They see every challenge as an opportunity to grow, expand and explore. They love learning, life and laughter. They carry on doing what they love most in their free time, whether it be playing rugby, swing dancing or jogging along the Thames River.

Jonathan hails from Nova Scotia and taught in Korea and Canada before moving to teach in London with Classroom Canada. We first published this interview a couple of years ago, when Jonatha had first arrived in London. He stayed for a couple of years and loved it!

Name: Jonathan Bartlett
University: University of Maine at Presque Isle
Subjects: Elementary Education
Ages You Teach: Key Stage 1 and 2 (aka K-6)

How long have you been teaching in London?

I have been teaching here for just over a month.
What do you teach? 


I teach elementary, which are called primary schools here, and have a particular focus on key stage 2 (grades 3-6). I have been lucky enough to teach every year level at multiple primary schools in London so far. I can honestly say that I have enjoyed teaching every level from reception to year 6.
Why did you choose to work with Classroom Canada?
I chose Classroom Canada because I felt like I was being treated as a unique individual. Some companies simply view you as another cog in the wheel and do not take the time to converse on a personal level. Any correspondence before I departed for London, via email or phone conversation, was helpful and I felt like I was being recognized for my individual characteristics as a teacher. I also like that Classroom Canada focuses on teaching in London, whereas other agencies will try to convince you that teaching in a small rural town is the way to go. I cannot imagine living anywhere else in England rather than central London.
What was the biggest adjustment for you to make in your teaching in London compared to Canada?
My teaching in Canada has been, for the most part, in smaller towns and suburbs. London is a vibrant and extremely diverse city. I would say the biggest adjustment, and also the greatest source for potential growth as a teacher here, is understanding the issues that inner-city London students deal with everyday. Obviously, behaviour management in London and Canadian schools is different. This is nothing new. The main thing I try to do, even as a daily supply teacher, is attempt to understand where each student is coming from. This can make a world of difference in your classroom environment.
Describe a typical London day in 3-4 sentences.
I wake up around 6:30am, head to the tube station and enjoy a cozy train ride to the school I am with for that day. Finish teaching around 3:30pm and head for home. Go to the gym for a workout or a swim and then home for a nice dinner and conversation with the people from all walks of life that live in my building. Friday evenings are spent socializing at the local pub with fellow teachers and locals, aged 20 to 77, that we have befriended.
What is the one piece of advice you can offer a Canadian teacher considering the move to London?
I would suggest being yourself yet also being very open to new ideas and teaching styles. Go with the flow of life in London and within the schools you are teaching with. Remember you are not in Canada anymore and things are bound to be different, sometimes drastically different. Then again, that's why I think most of us are here.
Describe the funniest thing that's happened to you in your year so far:
After telling a year five class that I am from Canada, a girl with a puzzled look on her face says, "Sir, I'm confused. How can you be Canadian if you have an American accent and Australian hair?"
Describe the worst thing:
I have been lucky and haven't had to deal with any really negative situations in any schools or with life in London so far. "The only difference between an ordeal and an adventure is your attitude." Difficult to swallow at times but it works for me.
What made you stay with Classroom Canada, rather than any other agency?
I plan to stay with Classroom Canada as long as I am teaching in London. Since I arrived, the staff at the London office have been more than helpful and a pleasure to work with. Whenever I speak with them, even at 7:00am on a Monday morning, they are cheerful and eager to get me in a class for that day and for every day that week. I really feel as though they take pride in their work and go out of their way to find great schools that are a good fit for me. That's what I think sets them apart from other agencies.
Resources for Teaching in London
Classroom Canada website
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians ebook
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