How was your experience working as a teacher in Australia with anzuk Education?
My experience of working with anzuk was incredibly positive and rewarding. The guys and girls in the office are incredibly supportive and will listen to feedback, discuss the roles and schools they have available and are incredibly open and honest in their communication. I worked with anzuk in Melbourne as a casual relief teacher (CRT) for 4 months before gaining a Long Term role in a fantastic school that I was still employed with when I left to move to London 4 years later.
When did you move to London and why?
I lived and played rugby in England for 2 years when I was 17 and my father was born over here so moving back to London in January of 2018 was inevitable once I completed my teaching degree.
I have had an amazing opportunity to be able to come and teach in another country and experience such a diverse range of teaching styles, which was a massive draw and has been incredibly rewarding. I have enhanced my teaching knowledge and abilities immensely and have met so many interesting teachers and students. Working and playing in London has given me a much deeper understanding of what teachers here deal with day to day compared to what our teaching life is like in Australia.
What differences between working in Australian schools and working in UK schools stand out for you the most?
The main things that stand out with teaching at home compared to England are that there is a lot of great support with TA’s in every classroom over here. Australian teachers are lucky to have TA’s and they are usually looking after one special needs student so having another adult in the room who can assist with any of the teacher’s needs is a wonderful part of the English teaching role.
We have a lot less pressure on us in terms of marking work and collecting data in Australia. We still need to do the proper assessment and keep data relevant to our student’s development but much of the feedback we give to students is verbal and the reliance on ‘marking’ is not prevalent at all.
What are some similarities?
The main similarities across Australia, England and probably the rest of the world is that all teachers really care about what they are doing. The best teachers go to school every day and do their absolute best no matter what they have to deal with. From my discussions with teachers in England and my knowledge of teaching in Australia, we all really care about what we are doing and we really care about what is happening with our students and our classrooms.