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Aussie Supply Teacher in London: 'Moving is easier than you think!'

27/02/18

Jocelyn is yet another Australian Supply Teacher who decided to make the big move to London and is having the time of her life!



● What made you decide to teach in England?

The idea to teach in England was planted in my head after a lecture by one of Protocol’s agents, Mitchell Jones, at my university, Australia Catholic University (ACU), Strathfield, in 2014. Since then I have often thought about coming to England particularly because my grandparents on my mother’s side were both born in the UK.

 

● Why did you choose Protocol Education as your agency?

A friend of mine had suggested I come along to an information session held by Protocol Education in 2016. After having learnt more about the agency and asked a few questions they seemed both professional and fair. I also had another recommendation by another friend who had in fact worked for Protocol in Bristol, England in 2016 and 2017.

 

● How did you find the process of registering in Australia?

Protocol Education offers a lot of support with the paperwork side of things. I received easy to follow emails and had phone calls with my agent, which provided insightful tips and guidance.

 

● What are the biggest differences you have found between teaching in England and teaching in Australia?

If I’m honest, the differences aren’t that large. When teaching in Australian schools, you have some good days and you have some bad days and the same goes for here in the UK. As I’m currently doing supply, I am constantly at different schools and that takes some getting used to, but you’d have those same feelings if you were to casually teach in AU.

 

● Tell us 3 things you enjoy most about living in England?

1) The lifestyle: I love being able to get a bus or a train in next to no time at all.
2) Meeting new people from all walks of life.
3) Trying new things: whether it be buying unfamiliar groceries, trying a new main meal course or using new British phrases eg ‘hair bubble’ for ‘hair elastic’.

 

● Any travels tips or advice to teachers planning to making the move?

Have something to look forward to before you get here (perhaps a trip), so, on those hard days when work isn't so great or when you miss home, you have something to brighten your day. Also if you have it paid off before you come over you won’t have any financial worries leading up to your trip.

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