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We welcome to our Protoblogger team Ciaran. He is a secondary PE teacher who has recently made the move back to the UK. In his debut blog, he shares his experiences as a newly qualified teacher in the UK.

Why Not?

Sometimes in your life instead of asking why, you have to ask yourself why not. Having recently finished my graduate diploma in education and with a year and a half left on my UK ancestry visa, I was faced with one of those situations. I said goodbye to my family and friends, packed up some winter clothes that were hiding at the back of my closet and headed back to the mother land.

I had signed up with Protocol Education while still in Australia and having previously been to the UK, the induction process was very simple for me. The staff at the head office in London had everything setup for me so it was simply a case of transferring details onto the forms provided. This allowed me plenty of time to meet a few of the consultants that would be in touch with me for any upcoming work. It was a great chance for them to get to know a bit about me and what work I would be looking for.

Opportunity and Experience

As a newly qualified teacher, I thought the move to the UK would provide a great opportunity to gain experience in a range of different schools. The consultants agreed that this was a terrific way to get started and get a bit more of an idea of schools or locations I would prefer to work at. They were also extremely helpful at providing valuable information for living in London and resources which may be of assistance. For example, if you have an iPhone, the city mapper app is an essential for people being sent to schools in a variety of areas. It allows you to map a route via public transport and walking and even allows you to save a route so you do not need Wi-Fi to revisit it. Absolute lifesaver and thank you to James at Protocol for the recommendation!

First few weeks

Although there were still some nerves, with everything setup I was ready to get into schools and start teaching. The first two weeks with Protocol Education has seen work provided whenever I have been available which has been great. Being open to travel across London, teaching different year groups and subjects has alleviated some of the stress of getting work early in the move. It has also provided a great chance to teach outside of my comfort zone. I have been to 4 different schools and read a story to nursery students, problem solved with year 6's, overseen revision for GCSE Geography and been rock climbing with an SEN class. All opportunities which when graduating as a secondary trained PE teacher I wouldn't have imagined to be available to me.

Supply teaching has also proved to be a fantastic opening for working on classroom management strategies. The downside being that I don't get to know the students as I would in a long term role, but the skills I am gaining will be extremely useful for any future teaching job I manage to get.

The first few weeks of the move have seen plenty of excitement and the team at Protocol Education have provided great assistance in getting me settled and into teaching in the UK. I can only hope that there is plenty more good times and learning opportunities ahead with the occasional ‘why not’ moment arising! 

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Tags: CiaranS, LondonSecondary, Secondary, Australian-trained, overseas, supply, opportunities, choices

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