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Hi,

I am a qualified primary school teacher from the UK with a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). I am just wondering if I need to get this transferred into a Swiss recognised certification to teach in a local bilingual school. Does anyone know if the PGCE is already recognised. I know I don't need to do anything to work at the International schools, but I am just unsure when it comes to a school that follows local curriculums.

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I think so. Check with this organisation to be sure, they should be able to tell you and if it's not their area they should be able to direct you to the correct one.

Swiss Conference of Cantonal Directors of Education (EDK)
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Re: Teaching certification

What happens at local school is that your pay scale classification will be based upon your qualifications, this differs by canton. In most cantons you will be paid significantly (10-25%) less when you do not have qualifications recognized by the EDK. What they might do is hire you anyway, and pay you less until you have your qualifications recognised by the EDK, and then adjust your pay thereafter. However chnaces of getting hired are pretty slim without the recognition.
For English qualifications you need "Qualified Teacher Status QTS" und "induction period" for your qualifications to be recognized.

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What happens at local school is that your pay scale classification will be based upon your qualifications, this differs by canton. In most cantons you will be paid significantly (10-25%) less when you do not have qualifications recognized by the EDK. What they might do is hire you anyway, and pay you less until you have your qualifications recognised by the EDK, and then adjust your pay thereafter. However chnaces of getting hired are pretty slim without the recognition.
For English qualifications you need "Qualified Teacher Status QTS" und "induction period" for your qualifications to be recognized.

Hi, I realise this is an old post but can I just ask if you did the swiss recognition process for your PGCE. I have also got a PGCE so have QTS but I didn't do the NQT year so don't have the induction period. Am I likely to pay a lot of money to see if my qualification is recongised only to discover it isn't? I also don't actually want to work as a primary school teacher here. I worked for an environmental education charity in the UK and want to do similar here. To get my job in the UK, the PGCE helped a lot but wasn't essential whereas I don't know what is necessary here. Any advice?
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Hi, I realise this is an old post but can I just ask if you did the swiss recognition process for your PGCE. I have also got a PGCE so have QTS but I didn't do the NQT year so don't have the induction period. Am I likely to pay a lot of money to see if my qualification is recongised only to discover it isn't? I also don't actually want to work as a primary school teacher here. I worked for an environmental education charity in the UK and want to do similar here. To get my job in the UK, the PGCE helped a lot but wasn't essential whereas I don't know what is necessary here. Any advice?
Possibly a daft question, but if you don't want to work as a teacher why go through the hassle and expense of getting your PGCE recognised? I do believe you need your induction year though in order to be considered "properly" qualified and with the necessary teaching experience. Without it you're still an NQT.
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Re: Teaching certification

I think I have to go through the process because I'm applying for teaching related jobs and they have all come back so far swapping I need the swiss qualification. Also I'm not completely against teaching here so wanted to have it as an option. Thought the induction might be necessary though. Thank you
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Re: Teaching certification

Do the induction in a UK school, I would. Then apply to get qualification recognised. You will need to be fluent in a Swiss language in order to teach in the local system. In the international settung you'll be up against a lot of experience so get as much as you can.

I would imagine (though I've been wrong before) that teaching related jobs that require QTS would also greatly benefit from as much chalkface time as you can get.
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