P46, Feedback form etc
Specific information for those from...
Check list to living and teaching in the UK
1. Register with Axcis through the website www.axcis.co.uk/register
An up to date two page Word CV is very important as well as any other details that you can confirm now, i.e. date of arrival, location, visa etc.
2. Right to Work Application
To work in the UK you need to have some form of clearance. You may be entitled to a Working Holiday, Ancestral, Right of Abode or Spouse Visa. Check with your country's Home Office to find out what you are entitled to and start the application process.
If you are not entitled to any of these visas / clearances, then you would need to gain a Work Permit to work in the UK. Schools are able to apply for a Work Permit for a teacher as teaching is an occupation that has a shortage. See the Axcis website for more information on Work Permits and Visas.
Within England, London is a very popular place for overseas teachers to come to, and there is a great need for teachers here. Decide where you would like to be and consider the time taken to travel, especially across London.
4. Update your Application with Axcis
Once you have gathered the above information, you may wish to alter some of the information you initially gave us. You can do this either by logging into the website and updating your details, or sending an email to us. The more information we have from you, the easier it is for us to find a job that meets your needs.
5. Arrange Interview date with Axcis
Let us know a date and time that would suit you to come in for an interview with us when you arrive. We are based right in the middle of London, so we are very accessible. You can confirm an interview time with us before you leave, or we can arrange one upon your arrival – whichever is easiest for you.
6. Gather Documentation
You will need to bring with you either the originals or certified copies of the following documents; qualifications, passport, right to work (i.e. Working Holiday / Ancestral / Spouse Visa) and home country Police Clearance (less than 2 months old at the time of your interview with us). You do not need to send these to us now, we will site and take copies of these when you come in for an interview with us.
Book your travel plans in advance to avoid disappointment. It is a good idea to consider the school term dates in the UK, so that you are not surprised to find you have arrived during the six week summer holiday break for example.
Many overseas teachers choose to stay with friends and family initially until they find more long-term accommodation or perhaps remain flexible to job locations. There are several hostels in London, and websites for finding flats and houses.
9. Bank Accounts
We can help you to set up a UK bank account. You will need a statement from your bank in your home country that is less than 3 months old and your passport. (NB: Statement must be original, no faxes or photocopies accepted).
10. Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are essential; in London you spend more time out and about than next to your landline, so a mobile phone ensures you don’t miss any job opportunities. Having a mobile phone will allow us to give you on the spot directions to new schools and you can let us know if you need any help.
If you are bringing your own mobile to the UK, we offer free SIM cards (Virgin Network) for teachers who have been in for an interview in our London office. Don’t forget to ask for yours!
11. National Curriculum Research
Schools in the UK are very similar to schools in other countries. However, it is important to know the National Curriculum for the UK and some of the terminology used. See the Axcis website for links to resources, including the UK National Curriculum website and other useful sites for planning schemes of work and how schools are run in the UK.
12. Regular Updates
Once you have these things sorted out, you are well on your way to establishing yourself in the UK. Several teachers travel to the UK to travel to Europe and other places. If you are wanting to travel regularly let us know as you may wish to work in supply / term-by-term positions as opposed to permanent positions so that you have more flexibility. We are here to help you find a position that suits you, so let us know exactly what your requirements are.
If you need more information please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org