Originally Posted by colm947
I am an engineer who would like to become a secondary school teacher
The Irish PME system doesn't look too appealing (cost and time)
I am considering doing a course in the UK and then moving back to Ireland
Initially I was looking at the PGDE [Professional Graduate Diploma in Education] in Scotland but it only seems to give 60 Credits so this may be a problem when trying to register
There is a PGDE [Postgraduate Diploma in Education] in England that gives 120 Credits which is more inline with the TC system
Does anyone have any experience in training abroad (open to other countries) and then returning back to teach in Ireland and registering with the TC?
In addition to those who have done this, did you then get three years to complete any shortfalls you might have had? (I need extra credits for maths)
Thanks for reading
Hi there. I trained in the UK, more specifically in England. You can get a bursary up to £27,000 now, I think. I got £25k. (Google train to teach England and they explain the bursary). It's paid to you when you are doing a course. After paying £9k for the PGCE course, you have got about £10k plus to pay with.
But you need to bear in mind that in England, the NQT year is moving to two years as there is a very high turnover of teachers in England and there are responding to this. I can't say much positive about it except I did learn good teaching techniques, but the constant scrutiny, harsh politics, responsibility for kids achieving target grades (without them taking responsibility- you 'get' them that grade) and unnecessary workload is just off putting and soul destroying.
So for you, it would be a three year commitment to train/ finish your NQT before Ireland will consider registering you.
If at all possible, I would explore training in Ireland if at all possible if working here is your goal. I am a few months of completing my NQT induction and Teaching Council won't even provisionally register me, even though I am 2/3 finished and home because of covid. I even asked if I could do an adaptation NQT period to finish here, as per their regulations. But, no way. I have conditional registration for another sector but it's not enough for schools to hire me for the upcoming year.
I have heard Scotland is different to England and some have completed their NQT even in Ireland but still the Teaching Council are very rigid and ignorant towards foreign qualifications. I was even advised to redo my PME in Ireland, even though I did the PGDE plus Masters in Educationin the UK. So choose carefully.