What does it take to get a teaching post in Scotland?

9th July 2010 at 01:00
I have paid pound;55 to the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) to assess my Singapore qualifications and teaching experience, only to receive an outright rejection without any appeal assessment.

I am seeking a teacher registration number in Scotland, as I wish to start a career there. I sent the council the required documents, but it failed to inform me that it had not received them - I only found out much later. I travelled to Scotland in June in case they needed other documents for my appeal, but the council declined to see me.

I emailed the GTCS to find out about the one SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework) point I did not have in terms of teaching qualifications; I was told I needed nine. No reply.

Studying for a year-long PGDE home economics course as an untrained home economics teacher does not make sense, as I am fully trained and have teaching experience at government schools in Singapore.

When I compared the PGDE home economics education course at Strathclyde University and the diploma in home economics education in Singapore, I found the major difference could be that I only undertook one practical test, not two. Does this mean I have to do the PGDE home economics course at Strathclyde for a year?

I have a degree in food science and nutrition from Deakin University in Australia, a diploma in home economics education and another diploma in consumer science and technology, both attained in Singapore. And I have been teaching in Singapore for some five years.

I also had my police check done in Singapore and Australia. I have a good teaching record and a testimonial written by my principal. I simply don't understand why I am being denied a job in Scotland.

Dawn Yip, Singapore.

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