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Old 14.09.2008, 20:42
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Teacher training???

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I am currently considering a new career. One of the things I am considering is training as a teacher and I am after some info. Is it possible to do a Swiss equivelant of the UK PGCE? Can you do it in English or would you have to be fluent in one of the national languages? Also what is an average salary for a teacher in an international school?
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Re: Teacher training???

I know a number of people who have done teacher training (primary) through a South African university. I think you need to be employed in a school as you train as you work or you would need a school that you could do your placements in. I have never heard of anyone able to do PGCE training abroad through a UK university. Don't know about Swiss training.
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Re: Teacher training???

I can't be of much help here other than tell you the qualifications required for the International school my son attends.

They will take something called the Swiss PH teaching diploma. I am sorry but I don't know whether that is the same as the PGCE or a Bachelor of Education.
In addition to your qualifications they also require you to be able to teach at the relevant grade level for each vacancy and to already have at least four years of teaching expereince (doesn't have to be in an International school).
I am sorry I can't find any information regarding the salaries for the school but I guess it will depend on if you are a NQT or are HOY etc.
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Re: Teacher training???

I am a teacher here in Switzerland at an International school. If you wish to teach in an International school then you will need a teaching qualification ( British PGCE or equivalent will do fine ). Your salary will depend on your qualifications, your experience, your ability to speak different languages, your subject area, whether it is a boarding school or not, etc. etc.

Now to work in a Swiss school you will need a Swiss teaching qualification. The requirements are quite rigorous. Fantastic language skills in the language of the canton you wish to teach in, and qualifications in the subject area as normal. I have heard it is quite a tough course, but the job is very well paid.

Good luck either way. I do not know of any UK universities that do a distance learning PGCE. If you are doing this then be aware that the GTP route is not recognized as a qualification in most countries.
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Re: Teacher training???

Are you referring to UNISA (The University of South Africa)?
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Considering the thread is 9 years old now I doubt anyone but you is referring to it.

Why bother to dig it out?
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Oops, did not check the date.
No need to be rude about it though?!
Relax? It was a mistake.
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Well- why not - it would be interesting to hear from Island Monkey how s/he got on in the end? Did s/he find a course and become a teacher, etc? I for one would be interested. Thanks.

BTW for State Schools- they can actually bend the rules in exceptional circumstances. I have been asked again and again to teach at the local Gymnase/sium- as they are experiencing a shortage. But I am local and therefore speak French fluently, did my Matura at that school- but did a B.Ed.Hons in UK and all my teaching experience is in the UK. They would have paid me the correct salary for my age/experience had I accepted (I am retired and very happy to remain so ).

Some people believe you do not need to speak the local language fluently to teach English or another language- but teachers take a much fuller place in a school than 'just' teaching their subject. Perhaps much more so in the UK, where teachers are also form teachers and take part if PSE (personal and social education), pastoral care, general discipline and support, etc- but this is also increasingly the case in CH. And all teachers have to be ready to tackle discipline issues, emergencies, etc, etc- and take full part in the life of the school, communicate with students and parents, go on school outings and trips, residential or not, and to some extent, the community.

So how did it go Island Monkey?
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Blimey... I don't even remember considering that .... in short, no I didn't go down that route
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Oops, did not check the date.
No need to be rude about it though?!
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It was hardly rude, just an observation the thread was over 9 years old as clearly indicated in top left corner.

Just for interest, how would you have advised the thread is somewhat dated ?
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It was hardly rude, just an observation the thread was over 9 years old as clearly indicated in top left corner.

Just for interest, how would you have advised the thread is somewhat dated ?
Perhaps just said ' this thread is somewhat dated'.
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