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What UK Schools Are Really Like

Mitch Jones is one of our Australian-based recruitment consultants working with Aussie teachers in their move to England. In this blog Mitch fills us in on what it is really like teaching in British schools! 


                                 Mitch Jones



We’ve all heard the stereotype of British – and specifically London – schools; kids are tough, street smart and you feel like you’re in a juvenile prison, not a classroom.

You know what? Protocol Education works with plenty of schools just like that!

We work with nearly 1000 schools across London (and 3500 across England) so we service a large proportion of schools and students in the Greater London district. In fact we’re the single busiest agency for supply work in London! This of course means that we work with our fair share of challenging schools with their fair share of challenging kids.

What you won’t hear is the flipside; the schools that teachers love working at and get requested back to. Some of the country’s leading schools with families who pay upwards of £50,000 (that’s pounds, not dollars) per year to send their child to school.

You know what? Protocol Education works with plenty of schools just like that too!

We also work with your ‘run of the mill’ schools where kids are generally fantastic (with the odd cheeky kid or challenging student) and teachers line up to return to these schools day after day.

You know what? You guessed  it - Protocol Education works with loads of schools just like that too.

Who can honestly say that they haven’t had a challenging experience at a school where they’ve taught casually before? Either on prac placement at uni or wetting your feet when you start your teaching career, nearly every teacher thinks to themselves after a tough day and says “I definitely earned it today!”

Because Protocol Education is such a busy company we find work across the whole cross section of the school community, from challenging underperforming state/government schools through to high achieving independent/private schools. The tough schools are great ones to tell your friends about; the great schools tend to not be spoken about as much and won’t go as viral. Protocol Education won’t pull the wool over your eyes and tell you that every school will be like teaching at Hogwarts (in saying that even Harry Potter was a challenging student at times – he did bring a troll into the school after all...)

At the end of the day – and I know because I’ve taught in British schools as well as Aussie ones – there aren’t too many differences between them.  There really isn’t too much that separates our school kids aside from our accents!

Are you keen to make the move to England to teach? Contact the Aussie team at or call 1800 246 436!

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Category: Australian Teachers

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