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Why Teachers Should Consider Leaving Ontario

21/01/15

Dave explains why fellow Ontario teachers should consider leaving Ontario and look for opportunities elsewhere. 

As a teacher from Ontario, Canada I know first hand how bleak the prospects are of getting a full-time job (unless you’re a French teacher). This entry highlights the problems facing new teachers in Ontario and why it’s likely a good idea to move somewhere like the UK.

I obtained my degree at Western University in Ontario, Canada. I was well aware when applying to Education programs that the market for teachers was more than saturated in Ontario, with far more teacher graduates than openings each year (only adding to to the existing surplus of unemployed teachers).

If you were lucky enough to get hired on a supply list (up against not just other new graduates but ones passed up in previous years) you really didn't know how many supply days you would get (this makes paying rent, student loans and other expenses very difficult). This is why even teachers in Ontario able to get on a supply list also try to find additional part-time work (that still allows them to take supply days when they come up… not easy). And then on top of all this it got far worse...

While obtaining my degree a piece of legislation was passed that changed hiring practices in Ontario, Regulation 274/12. These new changes to the hiring practices for teachers made the prospects of getting a job in a public school not just more difficult but also near impossible for new teachers (except specialized teachers... such as French) to get hired full-time with their own class. (http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/regs/english/elaws_regs_120274_e.htm).

The new rules in Ontario make it so that a teacher must work 30 full days before being able to even apply for a long term occasional position (LTO). Once you are eligible you need to then work an LTO that lasts at least 3 months in order to be eligible to even apply for full-time positions. Out of all the teachers that then apply for these full-time positions only the top 5 most senior applicants are allowed interviews. This essentially prioritizes supply teachers (who perhaps no school wanted to hire full time for years) over the best teacher for the job. With these new hiring practices it is estimated that it will take the average new teacher AT LEAST 5 years before finally having their own class.

This all means that it might be a good idea to look at the possibility of working elsewhere. The good news is there are many places around the world where teachers from Canada are in high demand. The UK is one of them!

For more information about teaching in the UK and how we can help visit our website.

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