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    Hello to all

     

    Just registered on here recently as can see how helpful the site and people are. My wife and I are both primary teachers looking to move out to Adelaide some time in 2012. I can see from various threads that there is a shortage of work out there and the best that we can hope for is some supply/relief work. We are both a bit worried as we have young children and with secure jobs in the UK, it suddenly seems a huge leap of faith to make the move when previously we have only felt full of optimism (we have been sponsored by SA and are waiting to hear if we have secured our visas, expecting to hear in the next couple of months). We are not really looking for answers here, just introducing ourselves and maybe hoping someone can just give us a spark of hope and reignite our belief that what we are doing is still the right thing!

     

    Thanks

     

    James

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    Guest Adelaide_bound

    Click on the link and select 'Teaching and Leadership', then choose Permanent Teacher Positions (School Sector) - Metropolitan from down the list.

     

    http://www.teachinginsa.sa.edu.au/jobsearch/

     

    These have all been added in the last couple of days and close in a couple of weeks, I think they are all (?) for January 2012 (Term 1) start - there are LOADS.

     

    Now, thats not to say there won't be 200 people (or more) applying for each job, like here in the UK, but at least there are a lot of positions on that list - also, don't know how many are already taken by internal candidates (again, just like here in the UK), but it gave me heart. This is just the Adelaide Metro area jobs list - there aren't any in the country list at the moment.

     

    From people I speak to that are actually on the ground in various Aussie places at the moment teaching themselves there is more than enough supply work in Metro areas to work as often as you want.

     

    I have to say we are seriously considering moving more country-way anyway from various things that have been said, its just whether or not we can get over the pull of the beach! Will have to suck it and see on that front - I loved supply here in the UK so much though that I would be very happy doing that - just have to save some pennies for the school holidays I guess, and maybe get an Xmas job each year lol! I made a very good living here in the UK doing supply, and from the rates in Australia for supply teaching I am more than confident I could do again - admittedly its a little easier for us as we don't have children, but as my partner doesn't really work at the moment (unusual situation) my wage is our sole income so know how far (or not) it can go.

     

    Hope that helps a little bit - remember how everyone was saying you couldn't get a job here in the UK in Primary a year or so ago for love nor money? Despite not being Primary trained and not having had a perm. contract position in Primary previously I managed to get one pretty darn easily (imho) so whilst on one hand its good to be realistic, its also good to be positive - where there is a will there is a way is my view, and if you really want it, you can make it happen, just be flexible and open and network like mad! :) Good luck :)

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    Guest pixie7

    Hello and welcome! Im a primary teacher too and know a few on here- I too have heard about job shortages but my understanding is that the work is there but not really offered as permanent contracts. I've been in touch with Randstad Adelaide who were keen to get my details and get me registered!

     

    It is a leap of faith and I suppose especially for you two as you are both teachers (I always have OH job to fall back on). I'M sure there are teachers on here who will be along soon to offer 'on the ground' advice but really it would depend on your finances etc and do you (or could you now) specialise at all? Early years or SEN for example- anything that makes you stand out from the crowd :) Or would either of you be prepared to be flexible and maybe look at a different career?

     

    Personally in your situation I would go for it- leave it later and children get older and its more of an upheaval, also you will be forever saying 'what if?'. If you have the finances and determination go for it! But hey thats just me...

     

    Wait until February and I'll be there to fill you in on the situation :)

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    Thanks for your positive replies. It is disheartening as I guess we were under the impression that as SA was sponsoring primary teachers there were jobs out there and something more than supply. We weren't concerned about giving up secure permanent posts in the UK until we discovered the scarcity of positions out there. We do have specialisms in dance and languages but not early years or SEN, which I know always seem to help. After feeling pretty depressed about it for the last couple of days or so we kind of think that Pixie you are right in saying 'what if?' and we will take the risk of giving it a go. We are currently planning on going out to validate our visas in April 2012 and then probably heading back out at the end of the UK school year around late August so that we can get a bit of relief teaching in Adelaide before the school year ends in 2012. It seems crazy really but I guess if you want something enough then you'll make these sacrifices!

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    Guest pixie7

    Well when you come out in April let me know, we're going out in January so I'll be happy to meet up for a chat if you like- I should be able to give you an idea of the situation and any help. PM the dates if your interested in meeting up xx

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    It seems crazy really but I guess if you want something enough then you'll make these sacrifices!

     

    Hi All.

     

    My OH is applying for SS as a Primary Teacher, and yes we have concerns as well. We are so hoping that Primary Teachers don't get dropped from the SSML, of course we are inclined to forget that this is a State Sponsorship not an Adelaide sponsorship (we too fancy rural SA).

     

    It looks to me that August might be a good time be on the ground in SA, seems like this is when the Department publishes the available jobs!

     

    I think your statement sums it up - " It seems crazy really but I guess if you want something enough then you'll make these sacrifices!" .

     

    We hope to fit into that Crazy bracket

    IrishStew (OH)

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    Guest Anouk

    Hi James,

    Although it's not much of a consolation, I have exactly the same worries as you guys.

    I am primary:SLT, SENCO, English Subject Leader, Y6 etc. Sitting pretty on UP3 with a TLR.

    The thought of resigning and selling my house then going to SA on a wing and a prayer doesn't sit easy with my somewhat OCD personality.

    Nevertheless, 176 visa granted today and we're going for it.

    I'm going to do a full academic year in Uk then leave for SA end of July 2012. I can't leave my Y6 class half way through year - that's just me.

    I am booking onto a Mandatory Notification training course for August 2012 so asap after arrival I can be in position to register with TRB.

    I have watched job situation with interest on DECs website this year to ascertain any 'peak' recruitment times, but feel so under pressure to secure something soon as arrive, so I have the career satisfaction I have in UK (I love teaching).

    Having never had to do it, I hate the idea of supply.

     

    Be interesting to see what happens for us all when we arrive ...

     

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    IELTS: Jan 2011 (straight 9s - well it would have been embarrassing to get anything else as an English specialist!)

    Lodged SS: May 2011

    SS granted: May 2011

    Police/Meds: Aug 2011

    176 grated: Aug 2011 (today)

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