Just as you will need to jump through multiple hoops to be employed at an international school, schools themselves need to collect and present multiple documents to the Government of the country they are located in. These will mainly involve your certification to teach a certain subject/area. And no matter how many times you send documents, the school may ‘misplace’ them and request you send them again, so be prepared!
When you decide to start the job hunting process, we advise you update your resume, scan your passport, teaching registration documents, children’s passports and anything else you can think of in multiple locations, in a single folder saved in pdf versions, jpeg versions, or Apple and Microsoft file versions and upload these to a cloud-based service. After that, we advise you upload everything to the document section of your Search profile, labelled so that you can find it easily. The original documents could be left with a trusted family member who can easily find them, just in case.
The document section is a fairly new addition to teacher profiles. It is a very convenient addition, as speaking from personal experience, moving multiple times and countries can cause chaos when it comes to accessing documents for employment.
In order to comply with the International Child Protection Task Force’s clear recommendations on best recruiting practices, we strongly encourage you to upload a background check (eg teacher registration card/document/police check) from all previous countries you have worked in (to the document section), and any proof of teaching certification such as transcripts and certifications.
You can view information on your dashboard about SecurTest as an option for acquiring background checks. Requirements vary depending on your country of origin.
# For US candidates, this will be a Criminal Record History/ FBI Identification Record – information available at: https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks
# For UK Candidates, this will be a Criminal Background Check – information available at https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check/overview
# For Canada candidates, this will be a Criminal Record Check – information available at: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/criminal-record-and-vulnerable-sector-checks
# For Australian candidates, this will be a National Police Certificate – information available at: http://www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/police-checks/national-police-checks.aspx
# For New Zealand candidates, this will be a Criminal Record Check – information available at http://www.justice.govt.nz/services/criminal-records
# For candidates from other countries, please contact us for further guidance on appropriate records checks
Police Background Checks: These should be obtained from any country in which you have previously worked. Obtaining these checks after leaving a country is generally harder therefore, it is a good practice to obtain these prior to leaving the country where you are presently employed and continue to do so in countries where you will be employed in the future.
While not mandatory at this stage, teachers who chose not to upload these may not be as competitive as those that do and may decrease their chances of securing a job.
You do not need to have a police check in order to register with us. Please be aware though, that some schools may require this later in the hiring process in order to meet visa requirements.
Please check with your school’s HR department who hopefully can advise you on how to request a police check BEFORE leaving a country.