Teaching Jobs in Demand
Teaching in Manx primary & secondary schools is a hugely rewarding job, though it can also be challenging. As well as knowing your subjects well, you have to be able to engage your pupils with learning to capture their attention and enthuse and inspire them in a lively way. On top of that, you need good communication and organisational skills, firmness and patience. If that sounds like you, you have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Newly Qualified Teacher Status (NQT) and value the work-life balance that only island living can offer then relocation to the Isle of Man could be for you.
Where could you teach?
The Isle of Man has 5 secondary and 32 primary, state-funded, schools. Primary schools are located across the Island, while secondary schools are located around the major population centres of Douglas, Castletown, Peel and Ramsey. If you choose to live away from town you will be treated to a predominately green-lane commute each morning, rarely lasting any more than 30 minutes. There are also two independent schools, The Buchan School and King Williams College.
Teaching 6th Form
Recent changes to the system now mean that qualified Secondary School teachers are not required to have a work permit. For primary school teachers jobs on the Isle of Man require a work permit in order for an individual without "Manx worker" status to assume a role. The employer is required to demonstrate that the job either cannot be filled by an on-island candidate or the skills needed are not currently available from Manx candidates. With the demand for teachers, it is still worthwhile for off-Island candidates to apply for primary education roles.
Career Development Opportunities
Many teachers on the Island are local Manx people who have qualified in the UK. The Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education also now offers various teacher training courses. The Island's schools support teacher training and progression all the way through to headship. Opportunities for professional development and study can include:
- The National Professional Qualification for Headship ('NPQH') was redesigned and re-launched in the spring of 2012. The Department of Education and Children ('DEC') is committed to supporting suitable applicants for the NPQH. In fact, forty-six local candidates have been supported to achieve this qualification to date.
- Newly qualified teachers ('NQTs') receive a tailored programme of professional development and monitoring. In their first year, NQTs teach fewer lessons than more experienced teachers, freeing them up for training and development. They are assigned their own induction tutors. As in England, NQTs in the Isle of Man will be assessed against the criteria outlined in the UK Department for Education document 'Teachers' Standards - Effective from 1 September 2012'.
Teaching Games & PE
Teaching on the Isle of Man, like any teaching role, is challenging. Those who choose to make the move across will find a progressive education system, achieving steady improvement in student grades over the last 4 years. Island schools also undertake a wide-range of extra-curricular activities, enabling pupils to build experiences outside the classroom.
It's a little different to the UK
The Isle of Man's education system has a number of close ties with the UK's, particularly in relation to aspects of the curriculum. GCSE and A-level examinations are entered through UK examination boards. However, the Island has its own curriculum, Essentials for Learning, which affords a more holistic way of educating children to ensure they develop 'the 6 Rs' – readiness; relationships which are positive; resourcefulness; resilience; remembering skills and reflectiveness. There is strong emphasis on educating children about the history and culture of the Island.
The Island's schools are not subject to Ofsted inspections. Instead, schools are active participants in a system called School Self Review and Evaluation, in which schools mark themselves, outstanding, good, satisfactory or inadequate in 10 areas and these are quality benchmarked by an independent validator who works with a senior officer to quality assure the school's judgments. The system is seen as a more productive and inclusive way of developing school excellence.
Rates of Pay & Benefits
Newly Qualified teacher salaries are roughly equivalent to that of the UK (depending on location). After completing an induction year, teachers can apply to take on additional teaching and learning responsibilities. When you reach the top of the main pay scale, you could then be considered for a move onto the upper pay scale. An experienced teacher with responsibility for leading a faculty in a large secondary school would attract a salary in excess of £50,000.
Secondary head-teachers, in recognition of the considerable responsibility they have for large budgets, often more than 100 teaching and non-teaching staff and hundreds of pupils, can be paid more than £90,000 in large schools. The Isle of Man Government also operates a generous contributory pension scheme rewarding length of service, salary and the amount you pay into the scheme.
On moving to the Isle of Man and beginning employment in a teaching role you may be eligible to receive a golden hello up to £4000 and a £200 per month housing allowance.
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