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The Next Chapter Begins

Meg is a New Zealand trained teacher preparing to move to the UK to be a supply teaching with Protocol Education. In her debut blog, Meg is counting down the weeks and offers her advice on what you need to do if you want to come and teach in the UK.

The Next Chapter Begins

Five months ago, I took a leap of faith deciding I would finish my current teaching position and book that on sale ticket to London. Fast forward to January with 6 weeks to go, and the countdown is on. Where has the last five months gone? When I booked my tickets it seemed like such a long time to wait.

Once booked, I facebooked my friends currently living in the UK with a range of questions for them. One of them sent me a link to the Kiwi’s in London Facebook page, I would recommend checking this out. On there, was a list of teaching agencies and reviews, an interesting read. I emailed three agencies, one been Protocol Education asking a list of questions and the likelihood of a New Zealand registered teacher getting supply work in London. All seemed positive about the prospects of this.

Information session

In the September holidays I organised to meet Protocol Education in Auckland, this was a big drive as I live remotely, however Claire was great and something I would recommend to do. Firstly, we begun with an information session, and discussion of the burning questions people in the room had. At this stage I realised I was different from the majority in the room, many straight out of University unable to find employment in the New Zealand education sector. I thankfully was lucky enough to be in my second year of teaching, about to become a fully registered teacher. I have taught in two different schools, on an inner City Intermediate, and the other a full Primary School. Covering the levels Years 6, 7 and 8 over two years.

Friendly chat

Once finished the information session, I headed off for a coffee with Claire and we discussed my experiences and what my New Zealand CV looked like, and how to change it. A UK CV is very different to a NZ one and I found this difficult as I had no model of how to write a UK one.

Keeping the contact

Since September I have had a range of emails and phone calls between agencies requesting paperwork! Be prepared for phone calls at around 11pm from agencies due to time differences (some agencies are more considerate than this!) Get onto your paperwork early, as there is lots of it and it all takes time e.g NZ/UK Police Check, QTS approval and a Visa; note if you do not live in Christchurch, Auckland or Wellington you will have to travel for a biometric appointment which takes about 5minutes and must be all booked online (trust me this can be painful if things go wrong e.g plane being cancelled!!!). 

As the days tick down, the nerves and excitement kick in. Many of my friends are preparing for another year in New Zealand, some who are envious and others who think I am crazy doing this adventure alone! However, waiting in the doctors room a few weeks ago, I meet a retired principal who said “that is the best thing you could be doing, as a young teacher”. One way to reassure me of my decision.

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Tags: Meg, New-Zealand-trained, moving, big-changes, UK, Protocol, Kiwi,

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