Thanks so much for this. I'm a secondary Maths teacher, does anyone know if the job prospects are any better for secondary Maths? In the UK we are really in demand and I was just wondering if it is the case in SA?Hi Pixie, I am a primary school teacher and I am awaiting my certificate from the teaching board (teacher registration), fingers crossed it should be here this week. I started the pocess just after we arrived in November of last year. I have met other teachers over here in SA and they had their qualification assessed (step 1) in the UK and were ready to do their First Aid and Mandatory first week on arrival and get their teacher reg done fairly quickly.
The assessment of your teaching qual can be done from the UK, to be honest I would have loved to have been in a position to do that, however, everything happened so quickly in the end for us in terms of getting our 176 visa and shipping our effects. The assessment of my PGCE went on the back burner so to speak.
Anyway, heres what you need for Phase 1 (assessment of quals)
academic transcripts (both undergrad and post grad), your completion/conferral of award, a recent reference from your last school's Head, confirmation from your Uni of the number of hours you did on block placement (duration of the supervised teaching practice)
The above originals have to be sighted by a solicitor (if doing in UK) or a Justice of the Peace here in SA and stamped and signed to say that they are true copies of the original documentation.
THen pay your $100 and you should here something back within 2 - 3 weeks (if doing in Aus)
I booked onto the First Aid (Senior course) and the Mandatory (Child Abuse trg), both 1 day courses in January of this year see link here for the first aidAllens Training £120
link for mandatory ERC SA Home Page $80
Final Phase is the actual teacher registration
Once you get your approval from the teaching board re: qualification has been approved then you have to apply for registration.
You need - Full Birth Cert and Passport as photo evidence
Mandatory Trg Cert
Agree to an Aus Police Check (Part of the fee, currently $293)
UK Police Check (ACPO) cert
Again all of the above need to be originals that can be certified by a JP here in SA
Also you have to sign up to DECS which is the government department here in SA for teachers and upload all your First Aid/Mandatory certs etc to that (all done electronically) You can start this process from the UK and just keep going back to it as it will save your ongoing application.
The above is if you want to work in public schools in SA, if you work in private then you need to get a local Police check done and there is other agencies that you can sign up to get relief work in private schools.
Anyway that's enough for now :) Will keep you posted on when my rego comes through and how I get on with the Temporary Relief Teaching.....
BTW - don't let my timeframe put you off (nov 10 to Mar 11) I had one or two problems with documents not being on official Uni letterhead and Aus Immi holding my UK Police Check in Canberra so I had to write to them.
Regards and all the best with your move down under.....we are living the dream and love it!!!!!!!!!!! :)