- Age: 29
- Address: Dumfries, Scotland
- Qualifications: BPaed, BEd (Hons), MEd (Sci)
- From: Kharwastan, Durban
Why did you decide to teach in the UK?
In South Africa, I was very frustrated with issues like large class numbers, discipline problems and lack of resources. Such issues made me turn to other options like teaching in the UK.
What kind of experience were you looking for in the UK and did you get it?
I wanted to teach in an environment where teachers were respected and one could get on with the job of teaching. As a Physics Teacher, I wanted to be in a classroom where pupils could have access to resources and where I could help individual with work related problems. I got all of this and more.
Teaching in a first world country is so different. This year my largest class has 18 pupils and my smallest has 5 pupils. My Physics Lab has all sorts of wonderful resources, including a Digital Smart Board Projector.
The pupils are very polite too, making this is an excellent working environment.
How was your transfer to the UK?
It was great. With the help of TimePlan, I was able to set up a bank account with ease. Once my job was confirmed, TimePlan put me in touch with the Principal Teacher of the school that I would be in. She was able to give me details about the Scottish Curriculum. This helped make my transition from easier.
What did you enjoy most while in the UK?
Travelling with TimePlan you earn more than enough to be able to travel and see the sights Britain. I was able to purchase a second hand car, which I used to travel through England and Scotland. Places that I had seen in pictures are so much more beautiful in reality.
Scottish people here are so friendly, kind and entertaining. They are always inviting me over to their home, or to do things with them over the weekend. When you are away from home, these friends become your family. There is never a dull moment.
What did you miss about being away from home?
I miss my parents, my two sisters and my nephew. If I could have them all over in Scotland with me it would be fantastic.
What will you miss when you leave the Scotland?
Hopefully I dont have to leave soon! I will miss everything. My friends, the sense of safety and being in a well organized school, with small classes of respectful children. And of course I will miss my Digital Smart Board and well-resourced Physics Lab, overlooking the beautiful sights of Scotland.
What helped you to settle into Scotland?
TimePlan played a significant role in helping me get settled as well as my Principal Teacher, who helped me find a flat. The staff at my school, were very supportive and helped me settle in quicker.
What are the major differences you encountered?
The teaching styles and the curriculum adjustment was the major change that I had to make. Assessments are carried out and done differently. But the Scottish Curriculum, unlike the South Africa Curriculum, has so much relevance to peoples lives here, which makes the adjustment that bit easier.
What advise would you offer other South African Teachers making this move?
Coming to teach in Scotland is the best decision that I have ever made. As a teacher in South Africa, my moral and self- esteem was at an all time low. My dignity as a teacher was restored in Scotland. I am treated as a professional which is so important to me.