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Why You Should Use an Agency To Work in the UK

Mitch Jones, one of our Australian consultants, talks about the need for agencies in the UK (and why Protocol are the best one..!)

                               Mitch Jones; consultant for Australian teachers lo


As a teacher who graduated from Sydney Uni in 2005 I knew the drill on how to try and pick up casual work; call the school, drop my CV in and hope for the best. Follow up calls were sometimes acknowledged – often times not – and it was incredibly difficult to get a foot in the door. It really was a case of “not what you know but who you know.” By having my teaching number with the Department of Education I could have it right at the top of my CV and schools would only have to look it up to check my credentials.

Now that I work for Protocol Education one of the most common questions I get asked is “Why do I need to use an agency for my work in the UK?”. The simple answer is that if you’re looking for casual teaching or short term blocks you really need to go through an agency.  And here’s why:

  • Most times you simply can’t even get through the school gates without a UK police check (and we help you get this one done before you leave Australia)
  • Even if you managed to get to the front desk to drop your CV off, nearly all schools use an agency for their relief work. Even if you’re a superstar teacher with 10 years of experience and all the teaching awards under the sun, the receptionist will simply tell you “Go and register with Protocol Education as that’s who we use for our work”
  • You can have all the qualifications and references in the world on your CV however schools simply don’t have the time or the resources to check all of these; they trust our judgement (and we are audited VERY regularly for just this reason) in supplying them with a qualified and fully vetted & interviewed teacher.

To make it simple; if you want to work in a daily casual roles or short term blocks in UK schools then you need to go through an agency!

But what about long term positions? Can I apply for those by myself? You can, however most schools generally disregard overseas applications and place them in the ‘too hard basket’. They don’t like getting involved in visa categories, flights, arrival times and potential issues with getting set up in your new country. Again by going through an agency like Protocol Education we liaise with the schools daily; we can actively ‘sell’ you into a role, we can approach the schools directly for any upcoming or unadvertised roles and we can keep in contact with them to ensure that you’re getting your name out there for a Skype interview.

It makes sense to use a leading agency like us for your work in the UK; we’re the UK’s largest education staffing business and we’re the single largest agency for supply work in London.  Want to get started? Come along to one of our information seminars or contact the Aussie team!

Got more questions about moving to the UK to teach? Whether it's about qualifications, interviews, accommodation, or travel we are sure we can cover them!

Make sure you don't miss Mitch's previous blog 'Why Do British Schools Love Aussie Teachers?'

Tags: Mitch, Aussie Teachers in England

Category: Australian Teachers

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