- Age: 24
- Address: Banister Park, Southampton
- Work: Supply Teacher
- From: Taranaki, New Zealand
Why did you decide to teach in the UK?
I have always wanted to teach and travel so I guess it was inevitable. I had heard the New Zealand and British education curriculum were similar and because the continent is so close it was an incentive. A few other things have drawn me to the UK, the history, sights, way of life and there are so many adventures to be had!
What kind of teaching experience were you looking for and are you getting it?
I was looking to extend my skills and experience in as many ways as possible because in New Zealand I was relief teaching. Being in a completely different environment here in the UK meant the best way to cope and learn was to just get stuck in to it all. Teaching in a variety of situations has built my confidence and developed my own ‘internal’ resources.
How was your transfer to the UK?
Actually quite easy. I traveled with a friend and everything seemed to fall into place. TimePlan staff did everything they could to help me get settled. Within four days of arriving we had our own flat and had begun teaching.
What are you enjoying most?
I love supply teaching. One day I could be teaching the alphabet to four and five year olds and the next electricity and circuits to ten or eleven year olds. The variety keeps up my interest and motivation. I usually go back to the same schools quite often which helps build a relationship with children and staff. I get to go home at 4pm, put up my feet and enjoy having free evenings.
Don’t take life too seriously. Find a good balance between work and travel so that during your time here you get to experience the best of both and walk away with amazing memories.
Some words and phrases in the UK have a different meaning to those in Australia like thongs and pants.
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