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Meet with UK headteachers - Caitlin's Story


Caitlin is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Australia. Her passion for education was sparked when she was five years old and decided that one day she would like to be an amazing teacher, inspired by her Kindergarten teacher. In her spare time, she loves to read, run and play soccer (or as she has been corrected in England, football!)


What were your first impressions of Protocol Education?

"My first impression of Protocol was “this is too good to be true”. Having somebody to work with to build a CV, find you a job interview, tell you exactly what you need to do to be able to move overseas and support you at every single step was a dream."

How have you found it working for Protocol Education? How have they helped you to settle in?

"Working for Protocol has been a very positive experience, starting from before I was officially employed by the agency. Protocol helped every single step of the way, with visas, bank accounts, phone numbers, accommodation and even emotional support. Protocol did, and still does, call/email to check to see if I am still happy and still working hard. It is comforting to know I have that support system there if I need it."

How useful was it to have senior leaders from the trust interviewing you in Australia?

"It was extremely useful to have the leaders from the trust interview me in Australia, before I got over to England for two reasons. One, interviews over Skype are effective but actually getting to meet the people you may be working for is extremely beneficial and comforting considering you are moving countries to work with them. Two, it gives your possible future employers the chance to really get to know you, making (hopefully) a better impression than if over a computer screen."

Did you know anything about Southend beforehand?

"Only what Google could tell me!"

What are your first impressions of living and working in Southend?

"My first impression of living in Southend was “this feels like home”. Coming from a quiet suburb in Sydney, I was not prepared to move to a big city like London, but loved the idea of being close to it. Southend is the perfect happy medium between the two. The people here are very friendly and welcoming, making it feel like home instantly."

“We were blown away by the quality of the candidates interviewed... it was clear what an asset many would be in our schools.”

Ashley Eastwood - Principal at the Federation of Greenways Schools


How supportive have you found Greenways in your first half term?

"Greenways have been incredibly supportive. Comparing the support a few friends have received at other schools, I have been spoiled. All of the staff and families have made sure I have never been kept in the unknown, constantly checked on and never felt as though I was drowning."

What would you say has been the most rewarding aspect of your journey so far?

"Reflecting back on the past half term, I would say that the most rewarding aspect of this journey would be the transition my class have made. Initially the transition between teachers was definitely testing for some children but together we have been able to make it somewhat smooth – something I am very proud of. My goal was to make as little disruption to the class’ education as possible, and I think together with Katie, we have succeeded. The children are now coming up to me (and not asking for Miss Forsdick!)  showing me how proud of their work they are, saying they tried ‘extra hard’ for me, which I find so rewarding."

What advice would you give to anyone thinking about working as a teacher in Southend?

"Do not think twice! Southend is a wonderful area, and if you are lucky enough to work at a school like Greenways, you will never look back."

What advice would you give to an Aussie teacher about preparing for the English curriculum?

"In the lower years, the English curriculum is not really that different. There are a few subtle differences and the curriculum is perhaps taught a different way, but with an open-mind rather than “this is not how we do it in Australia”, it definitely is not a barrier."

What challenges have you faced and how have you overcome them?

"Behaviour management was a big challenge, and I would say I haven’t yet completely overcome this challenge – it is more of a work in progress. I was fortunate enough in Australia to only ever work in classrooms of 20, with very few behavioural issues. Coming into a class of 30 with 30 very different and very strong personalities, that was a real challenge in the beginning. Through my own research of (many) different strategies, professional guidance from my senior teacher and through time, the behaviour is completely different to how it was 6 weeks ago."


Sian: 'It's changed my life'

With future plans to teach in international schools, Sian made the move to Southend to get first-hand experience of the English curriculum.

Watch Sian's video >


Tara: 'Definitely go for it'

Recently qualified, Tara left Melbourne to take up a role teaching a reception class at Greenways in Southend with dreams of travelling.

Watch Tara's video >


Chris: 'Take the plunge'

After attending a Protocol Education uni seminar Chris knew that he wanted to teach in the UK, so he swapped Hervey Bay for Southend.

Watch Chris' video >



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“Working with Protocol Education has been a fantastic experience. The staff are particularly helpful and always available to answer any query.”

Teagan – moved from Melbourne to Southend


Learn more about Protocol Education:


Guaranteed work agreements

Guaranteed Work Agreements provide certainty of earnings while you are working through us on supply assignments.

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Link Video Interviews

Interview with UK headteachers before you get on the plane, and find out firsthand what they and their school can offer you.

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Teach in England FAQs

Watch videos from our ongoing series answering some of the most common questions about moving to the UK to live and teach.

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“Protocol Education has been by far the stand out teaching agency in London for me. I now know why everyone tells you to seek them out if you’re thinking of teaching in the UK.”

Sam – PE teacher, Brisbane
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