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Teaching in Australia

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by GHostbusters, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. Help!
    I am a partnership teacher and work across both primary and secondary sectors. I have a young family but interested in emigrating to Australia to work as a teacher. I would love to hear from anybody who knows anything about Australia and how I can get in contact with real teachers from Australia.
    I would like to know about salary, conditions etc.
     
  2. Help!
    I am a partnership teacher and work across both primary and secondary sectors. I have a young family but interested in emigrating to Australia to work as a teacher. I would love to hear from anybody who knows anything about Australia and how I can get in contact with real teachers from Australia.
    I would like to know about salary, conditions etc.
     
  3. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    I've just moved (2 months ago) but am still seeking work. Do you have an idea of where you are looking to live? First I would check your qualificatiuons are accepted in the state you are hoping to move to. For New South Wales you need to get approval from NSWIT (New South Wales Institute of Teachers) once you know that things get easier in terms of visas etc too x
     
  4. I am looking also to move to australia. However, you said previously that a 3 year BEd will stop you qualifying. I have a 4 year BA that included my QTS, will I struggle to be granted a visa? I have been looking for information in regards to this but cannot seem to find it anywhere!
    Thanks
     
  5. Hi Ghoustbusters,
    I'm an Australian teacher who has taught in 3 states and been educated in a 4th as well as teaching in England and Scotland. I have worked in both public, CEO and Catholic independent schools and educated in a Independent school I might be able to help.

    Teaching in Australia is very different from the UK. There are no big sticks like OFSTED and HMiE to bash us with. At the moment each state has it's own curriculum which is very different from every other states, but the National Curriculum is on it's way so you will have to be prepared for it and aware of it's implementation patterns. There are a lot of pedagological practices you will need to be familiar with most are based on the University of Maryland research but here it is often referred to as Quality Teaching, if you want to teach in Queensland you will need to know about the New Basics which is quite a different way of teaching and learning, even if this curriculum has been superseded I would make myself aware of it's principles.

    Interviews are very different here. It is based on your response to selection criteria, my last was 10 or 12 pages long. A interview with adults, no students involved. It is unlikely you will do a school tour and definitely no demonstration lesson. Generally you will need a teaching portfolio and to refer to this during your interview, it should be organised based on the selection criteria.

    This is just off the top of my head. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions. I will do my best to answer them.
     
  6. Hi Pixie,
    Your comment about NSW not letting you teach outside your teaching area is not strictly true. If you have taught a subject you are not trained in successfully for 2 years they will grant you accreditation in that subject. As far as most principals are concerned if you can demonstrate that you can teach that subject they will use you to teach it, if it is a case of having a teacher in the classroom or not. Or more importantly having to find a part-timer. They will normally only use a non specialist as backfill.
     
  7. I think you need to check on your qualification. From the way you have written about it I'm not sure it will be recognised. Over here to be a fully registered teacher (full registration is the equiliant to QTS) to be eligelible to gain full registration you must have a 4 year BEd or another bachelors degree plus a GdipEd or GBEd then spend at least a year in the classroom gathering evidence that you have met the teaching standards in your state. The good news for you is that in the UK Australian full registration is not recognised, so Australian teachers are hired as unqualified teachers and paid peanuts. The semi okay news for you is that your QTS will not be recognised, if you have valid teaching qualifications you will be provisionally registered while you gain Australian evidence that you meet the standards and paid in accordance with your experience, if you have five years of experience you will be paid at the same rate as an Australian teacher with 5 years of experience.
    But double check this. Whether your degree is valid
     
  8. Hi Phie,

    I am an English citizen with Australian Permenant Residency, my husband & I are emmigrating to Australia December of this year. I have a Ba Hons Physical Education in Secondary Teaching with QTS (4-year course) degree and 2 years teaching experience, within two state comprehensive secondary schools (11-16).

    At my curent post i teach and deliver; PE, Mathematics and Dance upto KS4 (11-16) is it possible to teach 2+ subjects within a post in NSW, because this forum appears to contradict that statement. And would it be useful/advantageous to apply for maths roles as im under no illusion that PE is a highly subscribed post?!

    I have applied and sent off my documentation and forms to the NSWIT for my eligibility to teach in NSW. What else do i need to do in order to teach in Sydney?

    I obviously dont need to apply for immigration/sponser etc as i have a PR.

    Do i need to do anything else? Ive read alot about skills tests and degree authorisiation? Is this something i need to do - if so where do i access the forms etc?

    Additionally i am in Sydney this coming week for a few weeks (during UK summer hols) is there any agencies i can sign up to? Visit schools/principals to get my name out there, meet face to face and begin to increase my recognition etc?

    Additionally how do i begin to look for work for Jan'14 start?

    Sorry for the bombard of questions but the internet appears very contradicting and forum based, however i want to give myself the best possible opportunitiy to get work for next year and want to get moving asap :)

    Any help you can offer would be greatfully appreciated.

    Thanks

    Donna x
     
  9. Hi

    You may be interested to know we have just launched www.tesaustralia.com so why not head over there and speak to the Australian community. Your TES login will automatically work over there too.
     

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