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Protocol Education and the Learning In Harmony Trust

11/05/17
This year saw the launch of a joint initiative between the Learning in Harmony Trust and Protocol Education to recruit teachers from Australia to come and live and work in Southend-on-Sea. 

 

The Learning in Harmony is a progressive and innovative Trust with schools based in Newham and Southend-on-Sea, whilst the Newham schools have had a long and successful relationship with Protocol Education, this was the first time that Protocol Education had worked to recruit teachers directly from Australia to work in Southend.

Ashley Eastwood, Principal at the Federation of Greenways Schools in Southend-on-Sea, reviews his experiences as one of the senior leaders that visited Australia in September 2016 as part of the initiative.

“There is a national teacher recruitment crisis at the moment and the nature of Southend’s geographical location means that this problem is more significant here than in a lot of other areas.”

“One of our central strategies is, therefore, to attract people to live and work in the Southend area. As part of this strategy, I travelled to Australia in September 2016 with two other senior colleagues from the Trust. In the week we were there we interviewed approximately 50 candidates in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, undertook visits to schools and even put on our own professional development event for local school leaders.”


“I have to say how impressed I have been by Protocol. They are clearly exceptionally professional in their approach and everything about our visit was well planned and thought through. The pre-vetting process meant that we had conversations with many quality candidates and it was apparent that the Protocol team had already built positive and nurturing relationships with many of the applicants.”

“We were blown away by the quality of the candidates interviewed. Their passion for learning and their pedagogical understanding was evident and it was clear what an asset many would be in our schools. By the end of the week-long stay we had recruited 16 teachers to work in our schools, 7 of whom would be moving to Southend on Sea.”

“And so it was that 5 teachers started at Greenways in January. I have to say what a pleasure it has been to welcome them into our learning community and they have all already made a really positive impact with the children in their care.”

“The partnership with Protocol has enabled us to raise the profile of Southend as a great place to live and work and has added another string to our recruitment bow. We look forward to building on this relationship and attracting more quality teachers to Southend in the future.”

In part 2 we will hear from the teachers about their experiences in Australia and the UK.

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