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7th March 2019

Support for Teachers Relocating to the UK

The United Kingdom is a fantastic location for American teaching graduates looking to springboard their career. Well-funded schools, unrivalled opportunity for promotion, and great benefits make the UK a go-to destination for NQTs the world over. However, making the decision to move to another country – perhaps another continent altogether – can be daunting. Finding a job over timezones, navigating the logistics of moving, and arranging for visas and other travel documents without help can feel like you’re stumbling around in the dark.

In order to connect UK schools with enthusiastic and skilled international teachers, Engage Education has set out to make the relocation process as easy as possible. Not only do we find positions for international teachers at great schools, we provide support throughout the entire relocation process, so you know that everything will be arranged for you before you arrive.

Before you relocate to the UK you will receive:

  • Contact with your own personal Engage consultant, selected for you from your nearest Engage Education international location. Your consultant has UK-based teaching experience and will be your point of contact throughout your relocation process.
  • Support from your second Engage consultant, who will be your point of contact here in the UK to connect you with schools and other American teachers who have already settled in your chosen area of the UK.
  • Complete career advice to set you up in your new role; including interview and resumé preparation, and eventually Skype interviews with schools we have handpicked with you.
  • Visa and relocation support, such as visa eligibility advice tailored to your personal circumstances, signposting for what documents you will need on arrival, and the governing bodies you need to apply to for your transition to go smoothly.
  • Total support in creating a UK bank account, finding your new home, and setting up your UK cellphone.

Our support doesn’t stop once you have arrived in the UK, as you will need assistance settling into your new home and, of course, your new teaching job! Engage will remain on standby to ensure you make contact with your new school and likeminded American teachers – ensuring you have a support network waiting for you when you arrive.

Once you have arrived in the UK and begin working at your new school, you will benefit from:

  • Full support from our Community & Wellbeing Executive, who relocated to the UK himself from a small town in Canada – so he knows just what you’re facing! Donato will make you aware of all relevant CPD events, as well as arranging fun social events for you and other teachers.
  • Donato will also support you as your first point of contact for the Teaching & Learning partnership, alongside Mike and Jay. The Teaching & Learning partnership will pinpoint any opportunities for constructive feedback, liaise with your school, provide on-site visits and collaborate with you to ensure positive professional development and personal wellbeing.
  • Free and unrestricted access to our CPD events, which cover a range of topics such as Team Teach, Literacy & Phonics Strategies, Behaviour Management & Safeguarding, Autism, Assessment & Revision, Teaching, Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties, and Engaging disengaged students.
  • 24/7 emotional and wellbeing support from the Education Support Partnership Employee Assistance Program, which provides counselling and therapy to Engage teachers facing difficulties.

We don’t believe that our job is finished once we have simply placed you in one of our outstanding teaching roles. Whether you choose to take long-term supply work or a permanent role, Engage will be on hand every step of the way to ensure your success in your new and exciting UK teaching career. In the unlikely event that you have any problems in your placement, your Engage consultants have the local knowledge and teaching expertise to work with you to find and implement a solution.

We’ve sourced thousands of teachers for schools who are grateful for the perspective that an international teacher brings to their institution. The UK teaching climate means that you’ll be facing promotion potentially much sooner than you would in the USA, giving you the opportunity to progress at a rate that matches your enthusiasm. If you’re hoping to fasttrack your teaching career, get in touch with our dedicated USA team who will be happy to discuss your career goals with you and find your dream teaching position in the UK.

Register with the international agency that puts your goals first

At Engage, we’re known for our happy teachers and unrivalled support programme. When you register with Engage, you’ll be contacted by one of our education relocation experts, who will work with you to set up your individual career plan for when you arrive in the UK.

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