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Meet with UK headteachers - Chris' Story


Chris is from Hervey Bay in Queensland and graduated from the University of Southern Queensland in 2015. He completed a year of teaching in Hervey Bay gaining some confidence and the desire to start travelling and teaching overseas. He wanted to experience how UK schools teach compared to Queensland schools. Chris enjoys travelling in his spare time and wishes to explore and experience many different cultures and diverse places.


What were your first impressions of Protocol Education?

"Protocol were very helpful in getting me a job over here and catering to my needs regarding the type of class and school I wanted to be a part of. They checked in with me regularly to make sure I was ok both with work and also coming over here to a new country. I have really enjoyed all the events they have and all the exciting upcoming ones too so that we get to collaborate with them as well as other teachers in my position."

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

"Protocol has been fine. I was not at all upset when I found out I would be getting a classroom job instead of just PPA work in a school. I was pleased about that. Regular check-ins have been nice because they want to show they still think about you and care for your wellbeing."

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

"I really enjoy a face-to-face interview rather than a skype interview. Digital interviews are necessary and easier but having the one-on-one interaction with a Senior teacher from the UK was much better for me personally and I felt like there was no rush to convey what I wanted to say, and to know about teaching in the UK."

Did you know anything about Southend beforehand?

"I did not know anything about Southend!"

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

"When I came to check it out in December, I was grateful to be in Southend. A very lovely place, still big in its own right and the people I have interacted with have been lovely and welcoming. The school team have been nothing but friendly and easy-going to interact and work with and it was very refreshing to see. I was worried about not being able to interact and work well in a new environment but those concerns melted away the moment I met the Head and Senior teachers and the other staff of the school."

“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?

"Supportive in the fact that they know I have not had a great deal of working experience in schools compared to other more experienced teachers. Also checking in with my well-being and work load to make sure I am not stressing too much.such a large school, I am still amazed at how lovely the staff are and everybody gets along with each other. People greet me in the corridor all the time and say, “Are you alright?” We had an induction before the children came back to school and then Dan pulled us out of our classes for half a day to ensure we had more training and to check up on how we were all going. Dan and Ashley also took us on a lovely tour around the local areas and showed us the main attractions (those included places to eat and lovely walks)."

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

"Meeting all these wonderful people in this lovely community, interacting with the staff and the children of the school and also developing my teaching skills in this new environment- knowing, as I always have, that there is still so much to learn in the teaching profession – to help better myself as an educator."

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

"Absolutely do it!!! Don’t hold back, don’t second guess anything (or yourself) and jump in, and you will be embraced warmly here."

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

"Read through the curriculum and the Key stages. It was different to get my head around the fact that in the UK, students start school a year younger than in Queensland but they seem so much more prepared in their own respects. Allowing these students to gain a high achievement in learning can only be done through understanding the key elements of the English curriculum."

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

"As I mentioned, getting my head around the fact that the students in reception are a year younger than what I am used to did throw me but having said that, they are still very capable once I understood their limitations, goals and aspirations during school and got to know them each individually."


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.

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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.

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Caitlin: 'Send that email'

Living in Sydney made it tricky to get the practical teaching experience she needed, so Caitlin headed to the UK to advance her career.

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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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