Teacher training in Scotland?Watch
Has anyone had experience with moving from England to Scotland after their undergrad to go ahead with their teacher training/career?
I am embarking upon the third year of my BA (Hons) Primary education degree, and applications for teacher training are opening this October.
I am stuck in a bit of a rut - I have always wanted to move elsewhere and explore a new country, city, a new curriculum and explore new ways of teaching to build upon my skills and practise - however, I am looking for some advice on how to maybe go about this situation?
I am interested in also completing a Masters in Special Educational Needs, and I am torn as to when and where to do this.
Would you stay in England to do the PGCE and then go to Scotland to complete a Masters? Would you move to Scotland and train there? Or would you do both at home in England and then move for a job?
I am still, of course, researching into this (Universities, accommodation, cost of living, travel, etc) and would very much appreciate any advice from any of you who have experienced moving away from home to study/career!!
I am really hoping to broaden my horizons and see what more there is to offer!
I think Scottish education, and in particular the additional support needs community is more socially just than England, and that will make a big difference to your academic experience. As we have 'less' emphasis on testing and 'no' league tables (and I put ' ' because we obviously do have these pressures there just not as prominent as in England, in my opinion), we provide a more inclusive education, there seems to be more flexibility when it comes to supporting pupils and our curriculum is designed to be child led. I think I personally would find it less frustrating to work in Scotland with children with Additional Support Needs, there is a lot of support, collaborative working between health, social and education are improving all the time and I fond the profession is considered really valuable. Some places in England have got a really bad reputation for excluding SEN pupils and not supporting them at all and I feel that that is a cultural thing engrained in the education system down there. (I've not worked in England so that is kind of a 'one size fits all' stereotype, I know several teachers who work in England and I'd consider them amazing teachers! So bear that in mind)
Having worked with a gentleman who had lots of experience working with SEN in England who moved here I know he struggled to adjust to our curriculum, so if you are considering setting up shop here I would definatley consider doing you PGDE/Masters here rather than England. I also know you would have to do some kind of re-train if you came as a fully qualified teacher so that is somthing to bear in mind, you might have to take a pay cut etc..
Strathclyde do an excellent masters on inclusive education and I've heard amazing things And Edinburgh do a masters in Transformative teaching and learning which qualifies you to teach from(primary strand) Nursery to Senior 3 (reception to year 9) or (secondary strand) primary 5 to Senior 6 (year 5 to year 12) Scottish secondary schools are increasingly looking for primary teachers to support children with low levels of literacy and numercy. Hope this helps!
Ps. I went through school in England and I much prefer living in Scotland so I'm super biased!