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    Does anyone have any info on how easy it is to get a teaching job in Adelaide. I am head of Humanities at Present and have been teaching for 8 years. If we stay in England i would be looking to be an Assistant Headteacher post in the next year as I have nearly finished my masters in educational leadership. Would this qualification help? I have read many horror stories about UK teachers struggling to get a job when in OZ. This puts me off as we have 2 kids. As my specialist subject is RE private and Catholic schools are an option but there is not that many of those! Not used to being poor so dont want my kids to suffer. Western Australia want teachers but to teach in the middle of nowhere. Not moving to the other side of the world to do that!

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    Most of the private schools hire on a contract to begin with, so they can see if you suit them. The private schools start advertising known positions from about July onwards for the following yr. The jobs are usually advertised in The Advertiser, except the School Principal jobs, they tend to go through a recruitment agency. the head of maths at the school my son went to came from overseas. I think if you have what the school is looking for they will consider you.

     

    Some private schools also advertise on their website. Annesley College does this. There are quite a lot of private schools in Adelaide overall if you include all the church based ones. There are Independent schools that belong to a particular faith but are not run by the church, but have a school board. These are the more expensive ones. There is supposed to be a shortage of teachers in Adelaide. Maybe contact the various teaching authorities here and get some advice. You sound well qualified anyway.

     

    I wouldn't listen to horror stories, that would be just someones experience and there are others who have a clean uncomplicated entry into teaching in OZ. Remember that if it doesn't work out then you can always go back and çhalk it up to life experience. My father taught in Saudi in the 60s for 3 years and then moved back to England.

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    Guest Libby1971

    Hi Mike

     

    My specialist subject is also RE. I thought that heading to Adelaide would be a good idea - City of Churches, lots of faith schools, might be easier to get a job...NOT so.

     

    We arrived in April of last year. I worked in Term 3 bcause the Head of RE at the school I worked at had issues requiring her attention at home and they needed someone who did not require supervision. I taught a bit of SOSE and English as well.

     

    Since then apart from a few days in relief teaching I haven't worked at all. Jobs are scarce in metro areas IN THIS SUBJECT AREA. If you teach Maths or Science then you may find getting a job much much easier. Or if you are prepared and able to travel to the northern suburbs

     

    The Masters may help, I cannot say. Here, who you know is very important. Working in a faith school - most people expect you to have a priest/ minister/ vicar as a reference to prove you are a member of a faith community and therefore supportive of the ethos of the school in question. The Catholics ask that you have accreditation to teach in Catholic schools - I have just enquired about this and found that I can get full academic accreditation based on my degree meaning that 2 years study (one course a semester over 2 years) is not required and I just attend a day INSET basically. There is a qualification of some kind for those who wish to be leaders in Catholic schools - your quals may help, I would get in contact with the Catholic Education Board who have been incredibly informative.

     

    My OH is a primary school teacher and he picked up work for during Term 4 and got a position from Jan. One of us has been working almost since we got here which is good. The money is good and we can live very comfortably on one wage.

     

    In short, budget accordingly!!

     

    Libby

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