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Jason's Blog: Teaching in London UK

Jason is a Primary Teacher from Perth who is teaching in London through Protocol Education. This is Jason's first ProtoBlog, so comments are welcome!

I recently read a post by Meaghan on the ProtoBlog about her experiences as a supply teacher and thought that I should share my teaching experiences as well. I have been wanting to write a post for a while for those who are curious about what I am doing on my year away from Australia or for those who are interested in becoming a supply teacher in London.

Why I chose to teach in London

It all started with me going to a seminar in Perth about supply teaching in London. The seminar was organised by Protocol Education and they gave me a glimpse of what it was like to work in London as a Teacher. They basically had me sold by the end of the presentation!

A few months later, Protocol organised a telephone interview with me about my teaching experiences and to also sort out some paper work before I left Australia.

When I arrived in England, they set up a UK Induction for me. They helped me organise my registration, assisted with opening a bank account and told me all I need to know about supply teaching. Three words: all too easy! Signing up with a teaching agency before I left was part of the reason why moving to London was quite a smooth process...

Gaining Teaching Experience

Well I've been doing supply teaching for over a month now and I have worked at probably 5 to 10 different schools. It was interesting how I was pre-warned by so many people that teaching in London was going to be challenging and difficult. However, I haven't really had too much trouble apart from one or two classes which still  was manageable. It could be the teaching experience I have accumulated over the 3 years, especially when those  classes I taught back in Australia were even more challenging... I'm not sure why, but I have been given a lot of supply teaching at infant schools (Reception to year 2 classes). 

Learning New Skills

I was initially quite worried about teaching younger kids but I seemed to have enjoyed them more than teaching the older kids! The students in England are basically the same as any student in the world. Most are naturally curious, especially when you tell them your surname is Chan or you are Australian, some are cheeky and all of them have the typical English 'posh' accent. The schools in London are very multicultural, with over half of the students in each class coming from Indian or European backgrounds. I remember teaching a class where there was only 1 Caucasian child and the remaining students were from ethnic backgrounds.
The pay with supply teaching is enough to help with my accommodation and everyday costs (I can even save a little for my upcoming holidays!).

More on this story later...

~ by Jason, an Australian Primary Teacher working in East London schools through Protocol Education.

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