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Why Do British Schools Love Aussie Teachers?

Mitch explores what it is that makes British schools appear to love Aussie teachers so much. 

 

                                 Mitch Jones; consultant for Australian teachers lo

 

Each year 1000’s of Aussie teachers are working in English schools through Protocol Education; why are we so popular? Here are three stereotypes on why we’re so highly regarded in the UK.

Superior Teacher Training?

When I made the decision to travel & teach in the UK back in 2007 I naively thought that I would be granted some type of special status as a token Aussie teacher in a British classroom. After all, these schools actively search out for Aussie teachers because of our far superior training and teaching ability, don’t they? Turns out that our training is very similar to the teacher training that British teachers are afforded, so schools don’t select us solely based on that. Quite often British teachers get more uni placement/practical hours then Aussie teachers so, in some cases, they receive more face-to-face training than we do. So if it isn’t for our teacher training, why do they love us so much?

Our 'Laid Back' Nature?

Be careful; very often this phrase can be used as a crutch by some Aussie teachers which, when translated into the Queen’s English, screams “I’m an Aussie casual teacher and I just couldn’t be bothered to do the work properly so I’ll blame it on my laid back cultural stereotype.” Whilst being calm and ‘laid back’ can be a great attribute to have in some circumstances, being too laid back in a school setting can turn off some schools and ensures that they won’t request you back for work. So if they don’t employ us because of our laid back demeanour, why do they employ us?

Enthusiasm?

Just by the nature of the visa system we find that the majority of teachers don’t work in schools for longer than 2 years. Even those teachers with longer visa validity (eg: those on an Ancestry visa or a British Passport) tend not to remain in the UK indefinitely and return home to continue their careers after 1-2 years. Why is this important? Because we are only in the UK for a relatively short span of time we tend to approach schools and teaching assignments with a higher degree of vigour and enthusiasm than most other teachers. “Do you mind taking the after school netball club – No worries!”; “Mrs Bloggs is on maternity leave from April; are you able to cover her for the term – Of course!”; “We need you to supervise the lunchtime detention room – I’d be happy to!” Schools love the enthusiasm that Aussie teachers provide and this is infectious; it rubs off on staff, students and generally makes the school a more positive place to be in. Schools will request you back, you’ll secure long term positions far more easily and you’ll even find that your rate of pay can increase as schools show preference for you!

Make sure you pack your enthusiasm with you before your trip!

Thinking of teaching in England? Contact our Australian team today to discuss your opportunities and how we can help you. 


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