Spain's Visiting Teachers programme
Opportunity for schools to recruit high-quality modern foreign language teachers from Spain.
Spain’s Visiting Teachers programme enables teachers from Spain to teach in other countries for a period of one year or longer. It has been running successfully since 1986 between Spain and the United States and Canada.
We know that recruiting modern foreign language teachers can be challenging, so the programme has been extended to England. It provides opportunities for schools in England to recruit high-quality modern foreign language teachers from Spain for one year initially. Internationally trained teachers can make a valuable contribution to education.
|Registration round opens for schools||6 February 2017|
|Interviews in Spain||3 to 13 May 2017|
|School-led interviews (using Skype or similar)||May 2017|
|Schools offer teacher contracts||June 2017|
|Summer school in England for Spanish teachers||August 2017|
|Spanish teachers start in English schools||September 2017|
Interviews in Spain
Candidates will be shortlisted by the Ministry of Spain against the applicant criteria.
Regional panels of senior school leaders and possible representatives of the Department for Education will assess candidates for their suitability.
Priority will be given to schools who are able to nominate one or more representatives to form these panels.
The assessment is likely to include skills and knowledge assessments and interviews. These will take place in Madrid between the 3 and 13 May 2017. This process will be organised by the Department for Education. Travel and expenses for panel members will be funded in line with the DfE’s travel and subsistence policy.
Following these interviews, recruiting schools will have access to applicant documentation and notes from the interviews.
Recruiting schools have the opportunity to undertake a final interview with their preferred candidates (using Skype or similar) in May 2017. Schools are responsible for arranging these interviews.
Once you have selected a teacher, your school is responsible for the contract offer. The offer should be made in June 2017.
The contract is between your school and the teacher. Your school will be responsible for paying the teacher’s salary.
Contracts should begin September 2017 and will initially be for one year. There will be an option to review annually for up to 3 years.
Your school will not be expected to pay relocation costs for Spanish teachers.
Your school will need to sign a partnership agreement to confirm you will:
- employ the teacher in accordance with the school teachers’ pay and conditions 2017
- provide a teacher mentor for the first year
- provide professional development opportunities for the teacher
- complete regular observations and provide feedback to the teacher and the DfE
On arrival in England all teachers will be expected to attend an induction and training programme to support them with the transition to life in England and English classrooms. There will be no cost to the teacher or the recruiting schools for this.
Further details on dates and locations for this training will be available in May 2017.
You may be required to participate in our evaluation. This will inform any future involvement with Spain’s Visiting Teachers programme.
Your school will be responsible for:
- any supply cover required for interviews in Spain
- paying the teacher’s salary, in line with the school teachers’ pay and conditions 2017
- any costs associated with ongoing professional development and mentor support
Spanish teachers are shortlisted against the following criteria:
They must have a BA in English or Spanish studies with a Certificate of Aptitude or a Master’s degree in teaching or equivalent.
They must have at least 2 years of teaching experience, in the last 8 years, as a full time teacher in formal education, equivalent to secondary school. One of these years must be during the academic year 2016 to 2017 in a school either in Spain or abroad (as long as the school teaches according to the Spanish or English education system).
Candidates without teaching experience must have been postgraduate students in education. Their postgraduate studies must be completed during the academic year 2016 to 2017.
They must have:
- a B2 level English proficiency
- a Spanish criminal background check
- a medical form (English school standard upon offer of contract)
- qualified teacher status (QTS)