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CVs From A Kiwi Point of View

Meg is a New Zealand trained teacher who has recently arrived in the UK and is a supply teacher in London with Protocol Education. She shares her experiences of getting her CV UK ready and what to expect from pursuing a long term role.

Curriculum Vitas are very different in the UK to New Zealand. This is a concept I had found difficult, in university you were given some guidance on how to create the standout CV. Two years later, my CV was starting to look like it had a few achievements, like organising 3 school camps, having a diverse range of ages and experiences. This was allowing my important teaching philosophy to become not an idealistic view of what I thought I wanted to be like after I left university, but what I really did believe in.

Sometimes you need time out from the CV process

So when I decided to become a teacher in the UK, it was a shock to have Claire from Protocol Education look through my CV and go, you don’t need a teaching philosophy, they don’t want that here get rid of it (in much nicer words from Claire though!) I thought wow, so how do I do this then? Where do I begin? Claire sent through a model which was completely different to mine, much more what I would call a business CV rather than a profile of what you believe in.  However since teaching here and been through the process of applying for contract work, I have since learnt the reason behind this.

You will be expected to prepare a lesson usually on literacy or numeracy and teach it to whatever class the school would like you to teach. The school have the say about what area you will teach. Usually the school have you teach in the class you could potentially be teaching, or it may be in a completely different class, due to various reasons. Sometimes you have less than a day to prepare for this. There can be a lack of information sent through before you go into this class or sometimes you may get levels sent in.

Imagine this, going to a school you have never been to before, taking in a lesson you were told to prepare the night before, teaching a class of 30 students you know nothing about with a head teacher or deputy you met 5 minutes prior to the lesson starting, observing you. My advice is this, what have you really got to lose? Reflect on it if you don’t get the job and think about what would you do next? If you do get the job, it really is a great feeling.

The main things are to have really good references; they want to contact these people and will contact them! Make sure that you give your references a heads up before just writing down their name. I am also a New Zealand registered teacher, so I recommend you applying for QTS (Qualified teacher status) in New Zealand before leaving; this is similar to our NZ registered teacher. Such a key thing to have on your CV.

I have a friend working over here, and she left university and came to the UK. She has had a good level of supply, and has now just landed her first long term supply position, a great start to her experience list for her CV, the more experience you have the easier it will become to get a great position. If your agency is good they will send your CV through to the school, about a job with your consent. If the school likes you the agent will then organise a time for you to have an observation, usually followed by a formal or sometimes semi-formal interview. A great way to gain experience in the skill of interviews.

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Tags: Meg, LondonWest, New-Zealand-trained, London, differences, CV

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