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    For me personally (with 3 kids of my own) - I found full time far too demanding - even here in NZ.
    Which is actually why I left and am pursuing other careers now.

    Relieving is a breeze though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by castleclan View Post
    Thanks, By the way, we are in Suffolk too!
    Whereabouts in Suffolk? PM me if you prefer; I can't do same to you until you've posted a bit more!

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    Thumbs up Carey

    Congrats on the interview. What is the post?

    We are in Felixstowe. Somewhere I read you were rural ?!
    I've not discovered the ins and outs of the site yet and how to do everything.

    Just looking up salary info. Haven't a clue where abouts I'd be.

    Oh yes, and Happy Birthday..... May be it will be one of those weeks.
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    I too am a primary teacher (Early Years) but have taught from 3 to 16 and in Special Needs. Not years of experience due to bring up the family (5 and a bit) so not to far up the ladder to fall back down it to the bottom.

    My question is for those of you alredy out there that have done the NQA stuff - i am having problems with my college in providing an apppropriate academic transcript. You see they have lost over 1/2 my records. Do i NEED all my assignment results for the full four years? if they proiduce a transcript that gives what it can and states that my specialism was in Early Years and ENglish will that be enough?

    Iw ould probably only want to teach p-time to begin with to see how the work load is. My mate teaches part-time at the mo in ENgland (i'm not working) and is inundated and i really get to speak to her she is SO busy.

    ANy advice would be great.

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    My Polytechnic could not locate my transcripts, said it was too long ago, archives were inacessable etc....I got a covering letter saying as much plus sent copies of the emails showing I had treid to get the transcripts, plus spent 50 getting a copy of the course syallabus which weighed a tonne and was probably unnecessary but I didn't want to risk not trying every avenue. My case worker said I had obviously tried hard to provide the requires itmes so they would go ahead and assess. But be careful with 'Early years' as it is not the same in NZ and no Uk qualification that I know of, equals theirs so despite ECE being on Skills Shortage list, only those with NZ ECE quals. can apply for the jobs.

    But good luck!

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    Hello

    I am yet another primary trained teacher but with less experience than others I think. I've a couple of years teaching experience in the UK and then I taught for a year in the US. I found teaching to be COMPLETELY different in California, though it was a private school and in the UK I had always worked in state schools (inner London). I am keen to know how primary teaching differs in NZ and particularly what it is like in Auckland? Having worked in London I am used to multilingualism and teaching in a multicultural environment etc. but I am intrigued to know how it all works with the Maori language? I am also hoping that teachers in NZ have a better work/life balance as I felt that in England primary teachers were very overworked and stressed (working every week night and on Sundays too etc.). Any opinions/thoughts?

    Although I would like to teach in Auckland, I am also considering returning to uni to study some more (especially if teaching in NZ is like it is in England!)

    It is a great relief to know that SATS don't exist in NZ Do they use a National strategy in NZ (ie: like the literacy/Numeracy/primary strategies)?

    Good luck to everyone out there looking for teaching posts!

    Cheers,

    Justine

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    I Only know of Carol (who posted above), who has actually taught in NZ plus I have a family friend. But you can look at this: http://www.tki.org.nz/r/governance/nzcf/index_e.php and follow on to each subject. My friend says it's fairly similar in class but after working in London primaries, she now understands why all her Uk cousins are sent to private schools!

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