[IWantOut] 27M History Teacher USA -> UK
By - RangerSydney
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I was a secondary history teacher in the US for 8 years, a teacher at an international school in Germany for 2 years, have Bachelors and Masters degrees in Secondary Social Sciences Education, and I have UK Qualified Teacher Status. And I STILL wouldn’t be able to get a Tier 2 skilled worker visa here. I wasn’t even been able to find a full-time history post before I moved here but I am tied to a location for my husbands job. I am a supply teacher currently but I already have the right to work so I don’t need a visa on my own job/merits. The only types of places that could sponsor you would be very high-end private, boarding schools. To be frank, you do not yet have the experience or qualifications that would grant you an interview for those schools. If you are really wanting to work and live in the UK, look into coming on a student visa and doing a Masters degree instead.
I’m looking to move to the UK next year with my Scottish girlfriend.
Can you elaborate more on the Masterrs strategy?
Just Google Masters programs in Scotland and then look up student visas. Or make it easy and marry the girlfriend.
To add onto what the other commenter has said, doing a masters in the UK gives you access to the two year graduate visa. You would then be able to live/work in the UK for two years post grad if you weren’t ready to marry your girlfriend. If you live together for two years, you can qualify for the unmarried partner visa as an option as well. You’d need to research masters you’d be qualified for, and then be accepted into a course.
Without doing the masters route, your only way to move to the UK (assuming you aren’t from a country that’s eligible for the YMS visa), you’d have to get married, which would require you’ve met in person, and that your girlfriend earns the required £18,600 salary threshold, or that you both have £62,500 in savings for six months prior to applying (that’s a whole separate process though).
Thank you so much!!! I appreciate it.
Secondary question: why do you think I’m getting hit with down votes ?
Also, further to the other post . What kind of history were you hoping to teach?. There isn’t much call for American history teachers in uk schools. Unless you had a deep knowledge of British history. It would be a non starter. That is if history teachers were available to be sponsored in the U.K. . Which unfortunately, they are not. Also, wanting to go for a year would not be possible . Why would any school or college hire somebody and go through all the visa expense hassle for just a year?. When they can hire somebody equally as qualified, who does not need a visa . And won’t leave after just a year.
In order to work in the UK, you have to qualify for a skilled worker visa (assuming you don’t have UK/Irish citizenship). This means you have to be hired by a Home Office approved sponsor in an eligible occupation. If it isn’t also skills shortage (and history teaching isn’t afaik), you’ll be subject to salary thresholds. Being a qualified teacher in the US doesn’t mean you’re automatically qualified to teach elsewhere in the world. [Here’s](https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/steps-to-become-a-teacher) some basic information about steps to become a teacher in the UK, and [this](https://supplyteaching.net/international/united-states-of-america/) explains the process to get QTS certified to teach in the UK as a US teacher (but note that doesn’t equal getting a job). I’m not an expert I’ll admit, but also know that grades 7-12 would cover secondary school here, along with GCSE/A Levels/Highers in Scotland, which would be specific training (I’d imagine). You’d also need to research if what you know how to teach history wise lines up with the UK curriculum (social studies tends to be fairly US centric, and then Texas history wouldn’t be relevant, etc…).
This isn't really a realistic goal. Even if you see info about how US teachers can transfer/gain qualifications, keep in mind that that's primarily going to be aimed at US-trained teachers who have the right to work in the UK through other means, like marriage. UK immigration is strict and the odds that anyone would be so hard up for history teachers that they'd be looking to go to the trouble and expense of hiring people from abroad who are trained in some other country's history are pretty low.
Unfortunately, this is not realistic. Teaching history/social studies in UK schools is basically out of the question as you stand right now. There are 10 American curriculum international schools in the UK (according to the US State Department), but they are arguably the most difficult, most competetive jobs to get in the international teaching circuit.
If you do want to teach outside of the US in a country other than the UK, reputable international schools require a minimun of two years home country experience with a MEd preferred.
The last time I looked the only teachers that could be sponsored were secondary teachers of STEM subjects, computer science and Manderin and primary and secondary teachers of Gaelic. You aren't necessarily qualified to teach abroad either (or outside of Texas) you need a degree in the subject you are teaching with postgraduate qualifications in teaching. US history is useless outside of the US most of our history lessons were about Scotland/the UK with the rest about Europe and the rest of the World we had about 1/2 a lesson on the US.