Thursday, May 31, 2012

Music Video to Inspire Teachers Around the World


Every once in a while, I come across a video that I just have to share on here to inspire teachers all around the world.  The video above is a music video from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros for their song, Man on Fire, and it shows teenagers following their dreams in all their dancing, double-dutching (yes!) and cheerleading forms. 

Half-way through the video, you start to see the parents of the kids, and their coaches & teachers, and that's about when I start to think just how awesome the video really is.

As teachers, we live to inspire, to educate, to foster & grow dreams. We strive for excellence, push to raise the bar and challenge limiting beliefs. 

We do what we do day in and day out, and every once in a while we're reminded just why we're here.  Thank you Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Stripes for reminding me of this today.

I wonder if you'll feel the same way?  What do you think?  Did you need this kind of reminder today too?

Monday, May 28, 2012

Latest Teaching Jobs in London, England


Every once in a while, I like to post our latest teaching jobs in London just to give you a taste of what kinds of opportunities we have for teachers.

Here is just a small sample of our teaching jobs in London:

Chemistry Teacher, North East London

Salary: GBP 125 - 150

Job Type: Temporary

Location: London, England

Start Date: May 25 2012

Job Category: Secondary

Position Type: Chemistry

Application Closing Date: June 25 2012

Minimum required qualification: PGCE (Bachelor of Education)

Are you an engaging and talented Chemistry Teacher seeking a possible permanent post this September?

Do you have very high expectations and are looking to secure a post within an ‘outstanding’ school ?

If yes, then this is an excellent opportunity for a passionate and inspirational Chemistry Teacher. The school is looking to recruit a talented Chemistry Teacher of KS5 (grades 11-12) for the new academic year. The successful candidate will be expected to teach KS5 and will take on Teaching and Learning Responsibilities (TLR).

This outstanding North East London School has a high achieving talented Science department and is very specific on the calibre of candidate that they are looking for. They are keen to maintain the staff dynamics within the department and school, the Head Teacher is looking for somebody with that extra something, an exceptional teacher and a personable individual.

The school has been consistently rated as "Outstanding" by Ofsted across the board and the science department is well facilitated. The successful candidate will be expected to teach KS5 and will take on Teaching and Learning Responsibilities (TLR).

To apply, send your CV and cover letter to apply AT classroomcanada.com

Early Years Coordinator, East London

Salary: GBP 120 - 150

Job Type: Temporary

Location: London, England

Start Date: May 24 2012

Job Category: Primary

Position Type: Nursery

Application Closing Date: June 24 2012

Minimum required qualification: PGCE (Bachelor of Education)

A Primary School in East London is looking for an Early Years coordinator to join them from September 2012.

The role requires an experienced and talented educator with excellent pedagogy knowledge. The successful teacher must have experience of coordinating the Early Years Foundation Stage and be confident at taking responsibility for the teaching and learning. Responsibility for line managing and leading the phase team will rest on the coordinator as will the development of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage).

The position also requires the coordinator to monitor and track teaching performance of teachers within the EYFS and manage assessment. Regular reviews and pupil progress meetings will also be coordinated by the EYFS Coordinator.

Experience with children with SEN (Special Educational Needs) and EAL (English as an Additional Language) is preferable for this multicultural school environment.

To apply, send your CV and cover letter to apply AT classroomcanada.com

Year 3 Teacher, Westminster

Salary: GBP 120 - 150

Job Type: Temporary

Location: London, England

Start Date: May 24 2012

Job Category: Primary

Position Type: Year 3

Application Closing Date: May 25 2012

Minimum required qualification: PGCE (Bachelor of Education)

Are you a qualified Primary Teacher ideally with experience across lower Key Stage 2 (grades 3-4)?
Are you looking for a permanent, full time post in Central London this September for the full academic year?

An exciting opportunity has arisen in a friendly and vibrant Primary school in Westminster, Central London. They are looking for a skilled, confident and experienced Key Stage 2 Teacher to head up a good Year 3 Class from September!

The school has made good progress over the last 2 years with the focus being on raising attainment more recently. This is a lovely school, looking to appoint a personable character with the experience and motivation to raise attainment within this settled and polite Year 3 class.

As a possible staff member, you will be required to develop on the current teachers’ success and hard work and continue to raise and improve pupil progress and raise attainment.  Experience in SEN and EAL is preferable but not essential.

To apply, send your CV and cover letter to apply AT classroomcanada.com

Media Studies Teacher, North East London PRU, September 2012

Salary: GBP 125 - 150

Job Type: Temporary

Location: London, England

Start Date: May 23 2012

Job Category: Secondary

Position Type: Media Studies

Application Closing Date: June 21 2012

Minimum required qualification: PGCE (Bachelor of Education)

We are looking for an enthusiastic teacher with experience or a desire to work with students with emotional and behavioural needs. You must be empathic, patient and be able to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability. An ideal candidate will have strong classroom management skills and enjoy working in challenging environments.

Please only apply for this position if you have the necessary qualification and skills, a recent CRB (police check) and the right to work in the UK.
To apply, send your CV and cover letter to apply AT classroomcanada.com

1:1 EBD (Emotional & Behavioural Needs) Teacher with Restraint Training required ASAP

Salary: GBP 125 - 150

Job Type: Temporary

Location: London, England

Start Date: May 22 2012

Job Category: SEN Unit

Position Type: EBD Unit

Application Closing Date: June 05 2012

Minimum required qualification: PGCE (B.Ed)

The school are looking for someone to start ASAP for the remainder of the summer term.
To be considered for this position, you must have recent restraint training as well as experience with KS3 (grades 7-9) EBD students.

Please only apply for this position if you are a qualified teacher with the relevant skills and experience, a recent CRB (police check) and the right to work in the UK.

To apply, send your CV and cover letter to apply AT classroomcanada.com

Psychology Teacher, North London

Salary: GBP 125 - 150

Job Type: Temporary

Location: London, England

Start Date: May 18 2012

Job Category: Secondary

Position Type: Psychology

Application Closing Date: June 18 2012

Minimum required qualification: Bachelor of Education

A secondary school in North London is seeking a qualified and experienced Psychology teacher to teach Psychology to KS5 (grade 12).

The successful candidate must have experience teaching Psychology to KS5 students, and must be able to demonstrate excellent curriculum knowledge. Excellent behaviour management and classroom organisation is essential for this role. The ideal teacher will be able to commit to the position for two terms and the role may become permanent for the right candidate.

The school, located in the London Borough of Enfield, is a rapidly improving secondary school. A strong teacher is required to take on full class responsibilities from September 2012. If you meet the requirements don't hesitate to contact Classroom to discuss the position further.

To apply, send your CV and cover letter to apply AT classroomcanada.com

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Moving Forward & Reflecting Back

I decided to take a quick look at the Classroom Canada blog statistics this morning and would love your thoughts on how I can improve this blog to make it an even more useful tool for you as you consider teaching in London.

First, let's take a quick look back on this little blog.

This blog has had 92,169 page views since it started in 2008.
We've had 577 published comments (I don't publish the spam).
We've posted 586 times.
And we have 55 followers who use the google reader button on the right hand side. 

Now let's look into the future.

I'd love to improve on the quality of my posts, rather than the quantity. I want the blog to genuinely help teachers considering the move to teaching in London, and I know I've already helped hundreds (if not thousands!), but I want to help even more. I want the posts to make a difference.  And I'd love for the number of followers to sky rocket to 1000+ but I need your help to do it. 

So what should I be doing better?

Please help me make this blog the best blog it can possibly be.  Share your insights, your criticisms, your praises below.  Let me know what you think about when you come to the blog.  How did you stumble across it?  Do you hate it? Why? Do you love it? Why?  Don't worry about my feelings - let me know what you really think!  And if you have solutions, that's even better. 

I'm leaving it up to you here.  How can this blog help you even more?


Monday, May 14, 2012

How to Get The Job of Your Dreams: 6 Tips & Tricks for Job Seekers




I was recently interviewed for a book on job hunting where I was asked to share my top tips for job seekers. With Classroom Canada, I recruit Canadian teachers to work in London, England and have interviewed hundreds, if not thousands, of teachers over the past 5 years.

Hopefully, these tips will help teachers as well as any other job seekers on the hunt for that perfect dream job.

6 Tips & Tricks for Job Seekers


1.    Find out the person’s name who will be reading your application. It’s fairly easy with a simple search online, and you’d be surprised by how many applications we receive that are addressed to a generic person like “Dear Human Resources” or“To whom it may concern.” If you can find out the person’s name, and use it (and spell it correctly!), you will stand out from the crowd.



2.     If you know the person’s name who will be reading your resume and/or interviewing you, do a quick google search on them. They’ll be doing a search on you, so you might as well do a search on them! Get to know who they are online (without stalking them!), and try to relate to the person as a unique individual if you can. For example, if you google my name “Victoria Westcott”, you will find out that I not only recruit teachers to work in the UK, but I’m also a movie producer on the side and I’ve done a lot of volunteering abroad. So if I interview you about teaching abroad, and you can find a way to throw in that your favourite movie of all time is To Sir With Love, then we’ll probably have a better interview as a result. The trick is to not be too cheesy or forced! Relax, and remember that the person interviewing you has special interests & passions – just like you do.

3.      A lot of interviews happen on skype or on the phone, and you should prepare in the same way that you would for an in person interview. Show up 5 minutes before the interview, dress for the occasion (even if you’re just on the phone& the person can’t see you! You will speak with more confidence if you’re dressed right), and be sure to be in a quiet space. The worst interviews I’ve ever done have been in loud spaces like the bus or a school with children in the background.

4.      Just like an in person interview, you wouldn’t answer questions by reading from a piece of paper, so don’t read your prepared answers from your computer screen during a skype interview. We can tell and it’s very distracting! Practice with a friend or family member, but don’t read your answers!

5.      Relax. Breathe. Think about your answers before babbling on and on during an interview. Ask the interviewer to repeat the question if you’re not sure, and listen to the question!

6.     Facebook privacy matters. Be sure to protect yourself on your social media sites & remember that the internet uses ink not pencil! Whatever you have online will be seen by a potential employer so be sure to protect your privacy and change your settings if you don’t want anyone outside your circle to see your profile. On the other hand, a great social media presence can show you to be an expert in your field, a professional & someone that the company or organization wants working with them.

Have any other tips for job seekers? Please share below!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

UK Youth Mobility Scheme Changes


In helping a teacher navigate the UK Border Agency website the other day, I spotted something that stopped me in my tracks.  The UK has now posed limitations on the number of people that can obtain a Youth Mobility Visa.

Now, I knew this was coming & honestly, I kind of forgot about it.  It's never impacted us before, and I swear, they make changes every year it's hard to really keep track.

In the (almost) 5 years that Classroom Canada has been around, they've changed the name of the visa from Working Holiday Maker to Youth Mobility. They changed the length of time you could be working in the UK from 2 years to 1 year work but a 2 year stay, and back again to 2 years. They changed how you qualify from simple paperwork to a points based system (which is still quite simple), and to include the biometrics scan with another organization called Worldbridge. They've changed the fees from $150 to $320, and they've changed the amount you need in your bank account from $3000 USD to 1600 GBP to 1800 GBP.  So you can see why it's hard to keep track!

But this new change is big. 

Let's examine it a bit more closely.  According to the site, the number of people who can receive a Youth Mobility Visa every year varies for each qualifying country:



  •  Australia - 32,500 places
  • Canada - 5,000 places
  • Japan - 1,000 places
  • New Zealand - 10,000 places
  • Monaco - 1,000 places
  • Taiwan - 1,000 places

  • So what does this mean?  Well, for Canadian teachers - it's hard to say.  How many go over every year?  There are multiple agencies sending teachers all across the UK, and teachers are not the only ones to go on the Youth Mobility Visa.  Classroom Canada never sends more than 100 teachers/year (we pride ourselves on being small but outstanding in quality).  But we only send teachers to work in inner city London, and there are plenty of other agencies that recruit much larger numbers and all over the UK. 

    I'd estimate that at least 1000 of the visas are given to Canadian teachers, if not half of the number allocated or even more!  But of course, I have no idea. There are no known numbers outside the UK High Commission in Ottawa and I doubt they'd provide them freely.  Although that would be very cool of them. (Hint hint! In the extremely rare likelihood that the High Commission staff are reading this and want to send me the numbers, I'd love to publish them here!)

    But here's what really gets me.  Australia gets 32 500 places and Canada gets 5000.  Australia has a population of 22,897,164 as of May 6 2012. Canada's estimated population for 2012 is 34,791,000.  Did you catch that?  Let me say it again in rounded numbers:

    Australia has 23 million people.
    Canada has 35 million people.

    But Australia can give out 32,500 Youth Mobility Visas.
    And Canada can only give out 5000.

    Huh?

    Australia has 65% of our population, but can give out 6.5 times the number of visas?

    How on earth did those numbers get decided?

    And then of course, there's New Zealand.  New Zealand gets 10 000 visas, double that of Canada. Know how many New Zealanders there are?  4.4 million! That means, New Zealand has 12.5% of our population, but gives out double the number of visas.

    Forehead meet desk.

    Now, I love our Aussie & Kiwi teacher colleagues just as much as I love everyone else, but there's something seriously wrong here.   Right?  Anyone else have thoughts on this one?  I'd love to hear them!  

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    Wednesday, May 2, 2012

    Guest Blog: Great British Magazine Helping Foreign Students in London

    Today, we have a guest blogger, Sam, who works at Great British Magazine.  Over to you Sam:

    Hi all at Classroom Canada!  

    My name is Sam and I work at Great British Mag (GB Mag), a lifestyle magazine and website for international students coming to study in the UK. As a recent graduate I completely emphasise with the daunting feeling that a student can experience when arriving at a new university. There is so much to do while trying to adjust to a new life away from home. This very real scenario is how I felt as a native British girl, so I imagine that this scary feeling must be heightened a thousand times for an international student!

    As beautiful and interesting the UK is, it is still a foreign country and its customs can prove intimidating, so essentially GB Mag acts as a virtual online best friend; someone who  knows their way around the country and is aware of the  culture-  a very helpful resource for all international students. 

    On the GB Mag website we have a ‘Get Started’ section which provides practical and useful guides on living and studying in the UK, such as how to open a bank account, how to register with a doctor, how to apply for a student visa, how to find suitable accommodation and much more.

    GB Mag is re-launching  a better interactive website on April 23rd with new topics including ‘Ask A Brit’ - a forum where international students can ask any cultural related questions that boggles them, such as "Why do British people I don't know always call me 'Darling' and 'love'?". We also have an active community of international students whom are talking amongst themselves and to us, through our social media community via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

    I understand the main readers on Classroom Canada are teachers who want to work in the UK, and I think this could be something that is useful both for you and your future students.

    Thanks for reading!

    Sam

    sam@greatbritishmag.co.uk
    www.greatbritishmag.co.uk
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    Twitter.com/greatbritishmag

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