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First Step in Getting My Own Classroom

Alisha spent the last part of 2014 planning and preparing for her move to the UK. This is included a Skype interview! She takes us through her experience as well as offering her tips. 

A lot has been going on for me lately and has been a very busy past few months! I have completed my teaching posting, handed in all of my assignments for the year and sat (and passed) my last ever undergraduate exam at University. It has been quite overwhelming and feels quite strange not be studying anymore!

When I was on study leave preparing for my exam it was getting close to when our Protocol Education consultant, Claire suggested jobs might be coming in and I kept checking my emails all the time to see if anything was coming through. At this stage I was beginning to worry that I wouldn’t have any work sorted before we would leave and as the days crept closer to the date we would leave the country I was getting worried.

Claire was amazing with dealing with our anxieties and told us it would all happen in one go and when the interviews began to roll in it would all happen very quickly – she was very reassuring. Then just as she had said we had emails from Protocol Education offices surrounding London contacting us about vacant positions. And then one morning I awoke to find an email from Cherie with a request for two Skype interviews. I was completely amazed!

I was very nervous for my Skype interviews! I had no idea what to expect and seeing as it was my first ‘teaching’ interview the pressure was most definitely on. I had troubles with connecting to Skype for the first interview however; Cherie was amazing at sorting this out. Both of my interviews were completely different to each other – I guess this reflects the differences of the schools and the different positions they were trying to fill.  If you are wondering what they asked me in the interviews here are a few common questions that came up:

  1. What is your behaviour management style?
  2. How would you use assessment for learning?
  3. What is your classroom environment like?
  4. What are your strengths?
  5. What is an area you need to develop more?
  6. What was a successful lesson for you?

I then had to think about which school was the best fit for me and my teaching style and which would grow me as a teacher in this early stage of my career. The saying “follow your heart” was exactly what I had to do!

If you are undertaking a Skype interview soon I suggest that you…

  • Stay calm
  • Read the ofsted report
  • Have a copy of your C.V in front of you
  • Dress like you would if you were going to be in a job interview or in front of a class (you will feel much more professional)
  • Write a list of questions you want to ask
  • Also think of some reasons you would be a good fit/want to work in the school
  • Re-evaluate your assessment and behaviour management beliefs and approaches

We welcome Alisha to the UK! Have you recently arrived in the UK and would like to blog about your experiences? Contact Megan ( for more information. 

Tags: Alisha, New-Zealand, London

Category: Australian Teachers

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