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    Hi there. I'm hoping you can help me please.
    I hold CELTA Level 5 and PTLLS Level 4.
    Literacy and Numeracy Level 2
    ICT Level 1: Word PowerPoint and Excel
    Recently completed 'The Essential Knowledge of Key Stage Teaching' (classroom and school based)
    I hold Qualifications, Diplomas and Vocational awards in Beauty Therapy ( would any of these count as an equivalent?)
    Also Mentoring with a few credits
    I have many years experience teaching ESOL to students at a private college which involved Home Office requirements, entailing lesson planning and delivering these lessons. Also 2 years teaching in the local community.
    Have recently returned from Saudi Arabia after 2 years where I taught English, EAL and various vocational subjects to 18-25 year old students.
    I do not hold a degree, PGCE nor Teacher Assistant qualification; which everybody is asking for today. I have the experience, but not the specific papers asked for.
    So...my initial question is...where can I go from here please, which route? Basically the same question as asked above.
    I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you in advance.
    Kind regards :-)

    I think a general teaching qualification would be more versatile.

    I think it would help to clearly identify what sort of jobs you want to go for. If it's all about esol then do the relevant qualification but for general teaching new ctlls/dtlls or post 16 pgce could be more versatile. For instance, if you wish to be able to teach beauty therapy subjects.


    Your experience in Saudi Arabia sounds really interesting. But, As Beautifulbigmacs stated above, you need to clarify your goals a bit. Do you want to stay in the world of TEFL or move into mainstream teaching? There are numerous routes you could go with your qualifications. Off the top of my head:

    TEFL in UK
    -You have a CELTA, which I believe is all that is required to work in some private language school in the UK. Something like this. Or do a search on TEFL.com. I am told some language school jobs are rather poorly-paid in the UK compared to what you might make overseas.

    -If you're looking for summer work, maybe some kind of uk summer camp (again try the usual tefl sites). Not my cup of tea but younger friends say they find them fun and well-paid.

    -Have you considered upgrading to a DELTA? This is for career advancement in the TEFL line (e.g. better-paid DOS/ADOS positions in language schools).

    -I believe that a lot of Uni teaching (English for Academic Purposes) requires a DELTA or a Masters in linguistics (someone correct me if I'm wrong). Uni positions seem to be better paid from what I've seen.

    Secondary School

    -Not all teaching assistant roles need a qualification. I got a support role in a UK secondary school with just a couple of years experience teaching abroad like you. It was in a school in a very diverse area with a lot of new immigrants, so maybe they saw my experience as useful. I have to say these roles are often part-time, term time only and badly paid. However, may be worth it for the experience (and schools may pay for you to do TA qualifications once employed, which can lead to a pay rise).

    -You could also get a Cover Supervisor or Unqualified Teacher position, a bit better paid but not as much as if qualified. Plus a lot of the stresses of a 'real' teacher.

    FE Colleges

    -You might be able to get something (beauty therapy or ESOL) with just your PTLLS but I believe they would want you to work towards something more whilst employed (Is it still DTLLS or has that changed?).

    Further Study

    - You're absolutely right that a degree plus PGCE/QTS would widen your options significantly. There are various routes to achieving this but all take a heavy commitment in terms of time/effort. Most people are advised to spend time in a school (either volunteering or as a TA/support position) before taking this on board.
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