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Expand Your Teaching - Make the Move

06/03/18

Elle wanted to expand her teaching skills beyond the Australian education system, so she gave us a call!

• What made you decide to teach in England?

Teaching in England has been something that I always wanted to do. I wanted to be able to expand my teaching and to focus on my personal and professional development. I wanted to test myself and to be able to see what a different education system looked like. I also wanted to be able to travel and living and working in England has enabled that. Teaching in London will also enable me different experiences for when I return back home and allow me to learn different strategies and skills to take back to Australia.

• Why did you choose Protocol Education as your agency?

Protocol were very efficient and quick in answering my questions when I emailed them, and the information they provided when they visited my uni was exactly what I was looking for. They gave me as much information they could and my consultant Sam was with me every step of the way through the process. They always check in to see how we are going, and they helped settle in as soon as we arrived. Protocol has such a great vibe about them and they made the whole process really easy. Everything they tell you is all true, and they offer as much advice and opportunities to you as they can.

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

I found the process really easy. My consultant Sam made each step really simple and answered all my questions in regards to visas, finding working, my resume and any little things about packing and concerns. They give you plenty of time to complete each process and the transition from Australia to London was made really smooth through all the consultants. Sam never made the process stressful at all, and she always made sure I was ok. When doing the registration in Australia, try and complete each step and process as soon as you can so you don’t feel you are rushing at the end.

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

The curriculum has been very different in regards to teaching the children and the expectations for the children is very different to back home. The planning is quite different as well at my school and it can be quite structured for the children, not allowing them to really have as many opportunities to follow their own interests. The language barriers are also very different here, and I work at a school that is pretty dominated by ESL children, and that has been an adjustment in regards to my teaching and my strategies.

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

1- The people you meet! There is always some event going on in London and the chances to meet new people are unlimited
2- How close to Europe it is. So easy to jump on a plane for a weekend away,
3- The tube! So easy to get around and the trains are always on time!

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

Make sure to pack the essentials! Aussie food, Aussie power board, and all your documents. Give yourself a good couple of days to settle in and get over jetlag. If you are nervous that’s completely normal, message your consultant and they will make sure everything goes smoothly. Most importantly, try and visit as many countries as you can!

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