We attract teachers through advertising internationally, both in print and from our own recruitment portal. We also make regular presentations at Teacher Training Colleges and Universities - planting the seeds for a successful future. In addition, we have a partnership with one of the largest teacher recruitment companies in Australia and the most popular teacher recruitment portal in Canada. Furthermore, we network and manage a referral scheme where teachers refer other teachers. . Our decision on your suitability to work for A*star teachers at this stage will be based on your CV and location. You may find this useful - Writing The Perfect CV.
A*Star Teachers' strict screening and security checks ensure that all our teachers are eligible and suitable to work in UK schools. We vet thoroughly teachers and decline applicants who fall short of our standards in any way.
Applicants have to convince us in a face-to-face interview that they are professional, capable, enthusiastic and committed - basically that they have the right stuff! We also professionally assess and profile every teacher's ability, fluency, knowledge and understanding, planning and classroom management. Experience and highly qualified heads and inspectors are sent overseas on our behalf to carry out such interviews.
Our profiling assists in more effective matching of teachers to posts, for all specialisms and key stages. This stage is the first direct exposure of short-listed candidates to schools. A*Star Teachers can arrange for the teacher to visit the to school or if they have been interviewed overseas, enable an additional direct phone interview for the headteacher with the candidate.
A*Star Teachers runs a comprehensive programme at the beginning of each term for new teachers. In addition, twilight training is scheduled throughout the year. This free programme includes key areas such as national literacy, numeracy and curriculum standards, in addition to professionalism and behaviour management. Staff from A*Star Teachers partner schools are welcome to attend.
Our Professional Development Consultant provides support for our teachers at a classroom level and where required can assist in preparing the teacher and other eligible teachers from our partner schools to gain UK Qualified Teacher Status. Non-school support includes advice and assistance on accommodation, banking, tax and payroll, healthcare, work permits and, or course, the hectic social life. We offer guidance on cultural familiarisation, social networking, travel and generally playing hard.
We develop and review individual professional development programmes continuously. These take into account feedback from the school, and a report is prepared for the headteacher. Additional in-service training is provided to teachers on top of the normal school professional development courses.
Our professional consultants visit teachers in class to check planning, observe teaching and offer on-going constructive feedback against their personal objectives. Where necessary, they help the teacher compile a professional portfolio and prepare for the final QTS assessment.