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Shawna is a Canadian-trained Primary Teacher who is a supply teacher based in London. As many of our overseas teachers have found out, once in the UK there are many teaching opportunities waiting for you and Shawna's latest blog could assist you in making the right decision for you. 

To take it or not?... Making a long term commitment

When I first started to think about teaching in the UK and my fabulous Canadian consultant and I chatted about what I was looking for when I got here, I was shocked when one of the options I had was my own class, right off the bat! With the tough teaching climate back home I thought that the choice was easy, set me up in a class, then I know what to expect. Also I was worried supply would be like back home (hard to come by and support yourself on). Though after some thinking (and many, many emails of reassurance with my Canadian consultant) the realization that there really was a plentiful amount of supply work here I opted for that route...for now.

...and a usual big seller NO planning! Free evenings/weekends?

Don’t get me wrong, supply life is great! A new adventure every day, different classes, new schools (yes, you do start to make connections with schools and do end up being called back there), and a usual big seller NO planning! Free evenings/weekends? Why wouldn’t you want to supply and stick with it for your time in the UK! Even though many of these thoughts came to my mind, I still had hopes of gaining my own class, heck, didn’t I just uproot my life and move across the Atlantic for that???

Well as my luck would have it, an amazing opportunity came about for a position in a class I’m quite fond of and had supplied in many days before (I must give a special thanks to my awesome Protocol consultant for introducing me to them!). When the head teacher called me into his office, I wasn’t sure what was going on but I didn’t even hesitate when he offered me the position as the new reception teacher, actually I had to fight back tears...of joy! It has been a journey of over 4 years waiting for this opportunity to finally happen!

Now it hasn’t been all a fairy tale, turns out taking over a class 3 weeks prior to the end of term is CRAZY! Starting to get my head to wrap around the different assessments that need to be done (and then inputed!), making the space my own, as well as just getting to know my students and where they are at has made for a crazy adventure. That being said I don’t regret saying yes to the offer one bit, besides I can now say I’m officially living my teaching dream! I’ve been very lucky these last months and look forward to what adventures await in the new year!

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