Now I'm starting to get worried, and there was me thinking it would be my husband struggling to get a job, not me. I'm a secondary teacher and when we came for a visit in April, I made a point of going to the Dept of Education, who told me I would easily get a job in a couple of weeks of arriving. Having read a lot of the posts, it seems this may not be the case. I really thought I was sorted and I just had to worry about finding my children a school and hoping my husband gets work.
Is it really that bad for teachers!?
It may depend on your speciality as high school.
We registered as teachers with DECs in October last year.
Since then, neither of us have had any contact with DECS regarding a perm position. Once registered with DECS you can then approach schools for contract positions and OH got one last year lasting 5 weeks. Nothing since from DECS. He got a perm job for term1 which he resigned the second that I got mine (long story) and I got my perm job starting April (start of term 2). By the time I got this position I had been in Oz just over a year and had had one contract position in that time.
Libby I have to ask, I was going to say I'm not being nosy, but I guess in a way I am or maybe more curious. I see you have a family, so if work hasn't been consistent for the last year, how on earth have you managed financially?
There are so many teaching jobs advertised for Adelaide, I don't understand. Or are there that many teachers living in the area........
I take it you are both secondary teachers..do you mind if I ask what subjects.
Ok too many questions, I'm just trying to get my head around this.
We came with what I feel was a good amount of money, basically.
OH is primary, I am secondary. Terms here run Jan-Apr, Apr-July, July-Sept, Oct-Dec.
We arrived during term 2 and were registered with TRB and an agency by half way through the term. I worked during term 3 - for contract you get paid 25% extra to offset the fact there is no sick pay, holiday pay etc. We had paid 4 months rent up front from our lump sum which we brought over which covered us until we bought this place last July, getting the keys in August.
We could have got a smaller mortgage and used all or almost all of our finances. Instead we chose to take out a larger mortgage and kept a larger sum back to pay taht from so we could still meet the mortgage payments.
Term 4, OH was working for just over half of it. I had a few days relief teaching at the start of that term - no more than 6 days - as did OH. So one or both of us was working from July.
We don't have an extravagant lifestyle - deluxe for me is probably having a naan bread AND a popadum with my curry.
We came prepared to lose steps on the payscale. There are jobs advertised, but believe me, for every job that you see, there are at least 15+ applicants. There is no current shortage in metropolitan areas of teachers UNLESS YOU TEACH MATHS, SCIENCE OR PE. Some DT jobs are in short supply.
Teachers are seriously in demand for the country/ more rual areas. Some might be only an hour from the city but some can be much further. The Aussies won't go but 3 years there, at a higher rate of pay with benfits rearding housing as well also gives you automatic promotion to the top of the DECS list when you move back to the city.
Some DECS schools find out who the next person in line for a perm position is and if the reputation of that person is none too positive, then the school will not notify DECS of a perm vacancy instead choosing to pay higher rates for a contract member of staff who they find themselves using the bank of resumes they have.
OH is primary with exp as PE co-ordinator & ICT co-ordinator. I teach secondary RE/ Philo/ Soc/ SOSE/ Eng/ ICT/ Moral Issues (phew!!!).
Anymore questions, please let me know. Any help I can give is happily offered...
arrived august 07 - departed april 08
within 3 weeks had authority to teach - we started from the uk the ball ache paperwork
made contacts thru doing the child protection / first aid - networking etc etc - who you k now is how it works in adelaide in many areas of work
sent via email to 10 schools cvs and took in person all paperwork
2 schools i was relief teaching most days in the final term - one school offered me contract i said the wrong things to headteacher as i didnt want to work in such a difficult area thinking id wait t o see what decs offered me for jan (ha)
2 days after t he start of t he new school year school rang me up asking if id reconsider - i had to pretend i was delighted so got what was a definate 2 term contract but i knew was likely a year long contract
unfortunately wife didnt settle in adelaide - she got a 10 week contract straightaway - but t he school could not bypass decs to give hera year long contract from january despite them wanting her......
i resigned my position - the school / dept were excellent with me - i have a job i can go back to in january as this school had the green light to start recruiting 2 teachers for its expanding specialism (physical education)
last week i got offered a job at brighton high school despite decs being told i was returning to the uk.....now that is one of the 3 good public schools in adelaide where students are civilised and a pleasure to work with....cant say the same for t he 4/5 schools i did relief teaching in which was a big shcok to me.....
so i was lucky - i targetted the worst schools in the toughest areas (southern suburbs) where they are desperate in some areas......
one word of warning - resiginging a post your on the blacklist for a year, declining a post a nd you go to the bottom of the list....
conclusion - farcical situation whereby headteachers have little or no influence who is appointed to them via decs and then many teachers are shunted around year after year........and when your in the system and you see the quality of teachers......scary but they have t heir decs system which rewards anyone irrespective of teaching ability who is prepared to go country (moonscape or if lucky downtown whyalla with free lodgings and meths to drown the sorrow!).....
my plan was 1-2 years then get into private system which offers job security and genuinely a standard of student i have taken for granted in my teaching career to date...
anyways im back in uk having had 2 days supply in 5 weeks with 3 job applics and 1 interview - im overqualified (meaning im twice as costly as nqts) for the temp 1 term jobs that have come up......
i might be back teaching at feral high school in january - get that backroom ready mooch to store my surf gear .....
i wud advise anyone / in any line of work to have their jobs on hold for 12 months before taking on the adventure of emigration - especially with the current economic situation here / there
my only regret is i gave up a great job at a great school in u k -
good luck - you need it with decs
Muppet babe, you are back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How are you? Missing your wise words and the calm effects they had on this forum
sue has been threatening to email u and a few others - bless her she is working her butt off on supply rate - she destresses reading thru the forums each evening and she keeps me informed - well i dont think she posted under my name - 2 more weeks and summer break so shell be in touch and fill ya in
all good apart from no work ankle x ray showed i did fracture it surfing at henley back in march so i now at least know why ive been in pain every time i land a powered move - 6 weeks easy and it shud clear up the dr said....
the trip was wonderful - oz is a big ilsand but with remarkeably very little in it as far as the eye goes - interior is kinda clangers landscape meets building site - rock a bit of tumble weed and nothing much living apart from dust n flies....coastline gets more n more lush as you travel north - more rain more humidity and some real beauts of flies bugs and all things australain all the way up the scale to crocodiles - very good / alarming on the eye!!!
adelaide does enjoy sweet city beaches - victor harbour is what east coast towns are like albet with alot less dense vegetation, mountains and rainforests
rain is killing the s.a. landscape - it is a worry that will not g o away and im afraid hit you more and more in the pocket with all the many ramifications of drought.....
i will miss adelaide come november - i love summer time in england as much as i dismay at t he long cold winters - it took weeks to get use to surfing in the blackpool water quality - gimme clean surf and sharks anyday
regards to family - bob dealing to l ocal kids yet - good pay and few hours i heared on the school playground :)
stay safe and dont w ork too hard
Hi Libby and Mart
Having read your post, several times I might add, it has finally sunk in that getting a teaching post isn't as easy as I thought it was! However, am I correct if I say this is in the city and immediate surrounding areas?
I like working with problem teenagers, ones with real attitude, or ADHD. Basically students most teachers dread. I'm sure Adelaide must have schools like this or if not how far out would I need to travel?
I want my girls to go to good schools, so realise I would have to commute, which is no problem for me.
Do you know which areas I should be looking at? I asked Decs but obviously they have to say all their schools are good schools....worth a try though.
Any advice you can give is much appreciated.
I have pm'ed you some info on this. I am not prepared to post openly on this matter as there have been too many ruffled feathers on this topic.