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Old Jun 25th 2014, 12:42 pm
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Hi. I am looking to find out the experiences of teachers who have emigrated from the U.K and are now teaching. Been a teacher in U.K for 10yrs and wondering if it's better in Australia. Any similarities/differences/problems. Cheers.
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Old Jun 25th 2014, 2:24 pm
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Hi, you could also try asking in the 'teachers' forum.

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Hi. I am looking to find out the experiences of teachers who have emigrated from the U.K and are now teaching. Been a teacher in U.K for 10yrs and wondering if it's better in Australia. Any similarities/differences/problems. Cheers.
There are a few teachers around and I am sure one will be along soon. But I can't think of any reason why it should be different myself.
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Hi. I am looking to find out the experiences of teachers who have emigrated from the U.K and are now teaching. Been a teacher in U.K for 10yrs and wondering if it's better in Australia. Any similarities/differences/problems. Cheers.
Harder to get a job in a nice place. Otherwise kids are kids.
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I'm in WA and it's almost impossible to get a permanent job. Most of the teachers in my current school have been on yearly contracts for 4 or more years.
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Teaching expectations are very different in QLD than in the UK, it's like going back 20 years plus.
I managed to obtain a HoD position 3 years ago and when I used the terms lesson planning, lesson observations, scrutiny of work (comparing data etc.) or self evaluation, my staff erupted with the thought of madness and never spoke to me for a week! Very touchy! It's taken 2 years to calm the storm and now we all get on like a house on fire. The thought of a Pom getting a HoD job so quickly did not go down well!

Getting a FT permanent job can also be extremely difficult. All in all, I'd still much prefer to be in Australia although the education is very basic.
Unless you teach English, Maths, Science or Technology / Graphics, think twice
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Just read today that there are 44,000 qualified teachers in NSW looking for permanent work. There has been an over supply of primary school grads for a number of years. It's more positive for high school teachers. If you are maths or/and science qualified you wont have a problem securing a position.
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I've been teaching in Sydney for 9 years in a few different Primary Schools.

In a nutshell, you need to target the private, independent schools if you want a permanent job (and more money, more holidays), but unfortunately the state schools will only employ me on a casual/supply basis, because for some bizarre, annoying reason, NSW Ed Dept won't fully recognise my PGCE.

It might be easier in another state though
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Hi Brian,
Normally a PGCE is recognised providing you have 3 further years experience, but I'm sure you have looked into that already. Private school staff are not necessarily paid more than State school staff and very often paid less, unless you are employed in a grammar or large school. Kids get longer holiday but teaching staff probably only receive a week more over the year.
The State like to keep you on contract as it's financially better business for them although worse for the teacher and sometimes for teacher quality.
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