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Protocol Testimonial: Laura (Australia)

22/06/17

What made you decide to teach in England?

- I have always wanted to live and work overseas. When I was completing my Graduate Diploma of Education, I noticed that teaching agencies were advertising for Australian teachers to come to England and there was a large teaching shortage. So I thought, why not? It would be a great experience and something to look forward to after a hard year at university!

Why did you choose Protocol Education as your agency?

- When I first began looking at teaching agencies, I was a bit overwhelmed as there were so many! My friend's partner was teaching with Protocol Education at the time and was happy with them, so I decided to give Protocol a go.

How did you find the process of registering in Australia?

- Very easy. There was quite a bit of paperwork to do, but Sam Swain was super helpful and organised most of it for me! Basically anything Protocol could do for you they would.

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

- I came to England straight out of university, so the only teaching experience I had in Australia was on my university practicums. However, the biggest difference I have noticed is the amount of planning in England. Teachers who teach the same year level in the school teach the same thing each day, and they plan together. I think teachers in Australia have more freedom in what they decide to plan and teach. I am just doing supply teaching, and I think that is easier in England because of the amount of planning teachers do here. I have never been left with nothing and the other year level teacher (parallel teacher) always knows what is going on in the class you are covering. There is also almost always a Teacher's Assistant in each class. They are so helpful as they know the procedures of the class and how the students are expected to behave.
  Another thing I have noticed in England is that schools have a whole school behaviour management plan. I know some schools have this in Australia too, but there are lots that just have a classroom behaviour management plan.

Tell us 3 things you enjoy most about living in England.

- It is so central to everything! It's so easy to travel to Europe, even for just a long weekend!

- London is so fun! There is always so much going on. Markets, pubs, rooftop bars, parks, tourist attractions... always something new to see.

- The people are really friendly. I was surprised that Londoners would be so friendly. I just assumed big city people were rude! They are really friendly though!

Any travel tips or advice to teachers planning on making the move?

- Just do it! I was unsure if I would like it, but my worst case scenario was that I didn't enjoy it here, in which case I would just do a bit of travelling then return to Australia. If you know people in the UK that also makes the move a lot easier. I knew a lot of people from Australia who had moved to London, then you meet their friends, and it makes being away from home easier.

- Also make sure you travel as much as you can! While you're in the UK you're so close to everything. Once you get back to Australia, it's a long trip back to Europe!

 

 

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