- Age: 24
- Address: Willesden Green, London
- Work: Primary Teacher
- From: Victoria, Australia
Why did you choose to come to the UK?
British qualifications are recognised in Australia and travelling.
What kind of experience were you looking for in the UK and did you get it?
I wanted to experience the UK education system.
How was your transfer to the UK?
It was much easier than I thought it would be. Timeplan and the school I was placed at were extremely helpful.
What helped you settle in once you arrived in the UK?
I was placed in a fantastic school that had friendly and helpful staff.
What do you wish you had brought with you?
I only brought the ideas in my head. There are ample resources available in schools and especially the internet.
What were the major differences you encountered?
Cultural differences were challenging, especially doing supply teaching in London, though these were rewarding experiences.
How have you brought your own culture/ethnicity into the UK classroom?
Yes, Aussie Rules Football! I taught this for 6 weeks to all year 5 students in the school I was placed in. The children loved it!
Are there any British words or phrases you’ve adopted since moving to the UK?
Some words and phrases in the UK have a different meaning to those in Australia like thongs and pants.
Did you come to the UK with a family? What advice would you offer to anyone bringing over a family?
I came over with my wife. Be prepared to adjust your lifestyle.
What type of living accommodation are you living in? What advice would you give to those newly arrived in the UK who are looking for a place to live?
I lived in a small flat in Hemel Hempstead and a studio apartment in London. I found there to be plenty accommodation available in London. Staying in temporary accommodation is a good idea to start while you look for something that you are happy with.
How did you find the cost of living compared to home? What tips would you give teachers to help them make the most of their British pounds?
Cost of living is certainly more expensive. Whilst working, save the pounds for holidays (when you don’t get paid) then make the most of all breaks and go away.
I wouldn't change a single day of my time here in London with TimePlan.
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