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Moving To The UK - New Grad Versus Experienced Teacher

Mitch Jones is one of our Australian-based recruitment consultants working with Aussie teachers in their move to England. In this blog, he gives you as much advice as he can about whether to head straight to the UK or work a little at home first. 

Should I travel to the UK as a new grad or get some local work first?

So you’re in your final year of uni and weighing up your options for next year. You’ve got a few, including:

  • You can stick around and try and get a foot in the door with a school though your prac/internship
  • Join the casual teaching queue when school starts again in February
  • Head off to Officeworks to make 100 copies of your CV and begin the march around your local area
  • Get a job at the local RSL and pour beers to pay the bills whilst you struggle for teaching work

We all know that it is incredibly difficult for a new graduate teacher to get consistent and reliable casual teaching in the first 6 months after graduation. Unless you know someone, wowed the right people on your prac or simply drop your CV off to the right school at the right time you may be faced with casual teaching days that are few & far between.

The best thing about travelling to the UK immediately after graduation is that the work is busy from the outset; we can offer guaranteed casual teaching work pretty much all year round so that is reflective of how busy we are. Not only that, but if you are looking for a long term job then we can organise one for you before you even leave Oz! No more using the excuse that “I would go to the UK to teach but...I’m scared of not getting any work and having to sell my shoelaces to pay for 2 minute noodles!”

In saying that we know that many graduates would prefer to stick around locally first; this allows you to develop your recently acquired teaching practice, save some money and generally get your confidence up in the classroom so you can head off to the UK with a spring in your step.

Which type of teacher are you? We won’t convince you to stay or go; it is such a personal choice that only you will know (so beware of any agency that railroads you into work because it suits them more than it suits you!) It doesn’t matter that your only teaching experience might have been in your prac placement 12 months ago; whatever your choice Protocol Education will have work available for you.

Remember – we are the UK’s largest education staffing business and the single busiest agency for supply work in London!

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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