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  1. benj1980

    Swimming pool

    Any further updates with landscaping? Always looking for ideas!
  2. Hi Suin Is your name Irish if so how do you pronounce it. I come from an Irish family and it's not at all familiar, I'm intrigued!
  3. benj1980

    Emigrating with child from previous marriage

    Sounds like @Louella just wanted people to agree with her and tell her the tricks of moving a child away from their father. I'm sorry you haven't had the result you were looking for. You are right your question was a bit vague maybe and on an open forum it came across quite blase. (I don't know how to do the accent on the e, anyone know please let me know!) It is not a decision to take lightly and being a father myself I'd fight tooth and nail to keep my children in the same country so I could continue loving them and watching them grow. Luckily I'm still happily with the mother of my children in Australia. Yes no one knows your reasons, which are personal and it's of course your decision to make. However going on the offensive after reading some comments by regular contributors of this forum isn't really the right thing to do, don't you think? Especially on a topic that will morally have such a divided opinion? Maybe you should explain why your child will be better off in Oz and get the practice in!
  4. benj1980

    Help with what to take, what to leave!

    I stopped posting on that when I forgot my password and had trouble logging in!
  5. benj1980

    new BBC documentary called "school"

    One school? Not exactly raising standards throughout the country then! The only ones I can tar with the same brush is the ones I know about and the feedback from teacher friends. Not one of them have said becoming an Academy has improved things for them, in fact it has made things worse as I mentioned. These teachers are in schools in Cornwall, Devon, Bristol and Wiltshire. I'm from Cornwall, trained in East Devon and lived in Wiltshire for five years as a teacher. @BacktoDemocracy Out of my cohort 50% have left teaching that I'm aware of. They did this within 5 years. I'm fast approaching ten years in teaching now and I teach in WA, which I much prefer. I was looking how to move out of teaching myself as I couldn't see myself in the role at say 50. I have friends who teach in Dubai, Egypt (previously Saudi Arabia), China, Bali, NZ and Vietnam. All who were going to quit teaching and thought they'd give somewhere else a go first. They have all been working in these countries for a couple of years and have no intention of coming back. I used to think teaching abroad was for singles and a temporary thing. It doesn't seem to be the case anymore with many of these schools now linked up with private institutions in the UK and well looked after. I digress again.
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    new BBC documentary called "school"

    I believe that MATs in particular employ finance expertise, that of course becomes the problem. Financial expertise but not education! A difficult situation which needs a balance. I always remember Gove saying how great the teaching profession is a great career path, despite record numbers dropping out. Ministers for education with no teaching experience are also flawed, but I guess there aren't many ministers with such experience! I digress...
  7. benj1980

    new BBC documentary called "school"

    I worked in two LA schools whom turned into Academies and then MAT. They have nose dived. Results have gone down, Ofsted ratings plummeted, massive turnover of staff and big cuts throughout the school. Yes schools could be a bit wasteful but this Academy exercise has been a disaster. I don't know one person (and I'm in contact with plenty of teachers, admittedly South West England) who would suggest that becoming an Academy has helped their school. I'm pleased to be out of that system and so are the 50% of teachers that I graduated with!
  8. benj1980

    Help! Retrain but as what?!

    Yes and there are jobs there!
  9. benj1980

    Help with what to take, what to leave!

    We could have mutual friends then! If you have children involved with Soccer, Rugby, Hockey, AFL that is... I don't know how long you've been in Mandurah (I've noticed only 15 posts) but any questions about schools I may be able to help.
  10. benj1980

    Teachers Moving or Living in Australia

    You need to make sure you have 4 year degree level study, 90 days teacher training experience and credible transcripts and certificates. Your school experience is fine, although gaining enough points for a visa with two years may be a struggle.
  11. benj1980

    Help with what to take, what to leave!

    5 years? Why?!! Can't agree with that sweeping statement!
  12. benj1980

    Help with what to take, what to leave!

    I'm a teacher living in Wannanup
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    Help! Retrain but as what?!

    When you say WA do you mean Perth? A friend of mine has been offered several positions Mandurah/Bunbury way!
  14. benj1980

    Help! Retrain but as what?!

    @verystormy has a very good point. What points will you need to have a realistic change of achieving a visa in the future? 70/75? Can you gain these points?
  15. benj1980

    Jobs

    We've been over just over three years now. We both work in a local school (we are WA based). I sent resumes into local schools and had a bit of luck. I went in start of November and schools were planning their final teaching lists for the following year so I was lucky in that regard. I'm also a teacher so a little different to planning for TAs or EAs as they are known here. You find out more information on the school gate than you will on here concerning local jobs and other things of interest. We've met friends through kids sport and the like, there is a sense of who you know as a opposed to what you know so get networking!
  16. benj1980

    Jobs

    Bit of a long shot don't you think Steve? I'd recommend looking at jobs in your local area in papers online and starting from there. Your wife can send her resume to local schools, TA experience is transferable however TAs tend to have a cert 3 or 4 over here. You are right it will be difficult to find work in a school at this late notice and the fact that schools are on holidays won't help. In the first instance I'd settle the children in, sort their schools, try and work out where you'd like to live long term, sort out all the paperwork - banks, centrelink, medicare, health insurance etc and try not and get everything done in the first week! It takes time and a few weeks to receive all the documents that you'll need via the post. Congratulations on your move over, it's a big deal and I bet you are still stressed about getting everything done. I know I was!
  17. benj1980

    Can you teach in Australia with a PGCEi?

    This is a new qualification, but I believe that it has been done recently. You are required to have four years of university education with 45 days supervised teaching practice, if you can prove this all is good.
  18. benj1980

    189 visa, secondary school teacher

    Well that's annoying. You need nearly every single question to be correct in reading to get the 8. A small drop in concentration and you need another test! Writing is where people normally drop points.
  19. benj1980

    189 visa, secondary school teacher

    In my timeline signature there could have been a November IELTS but I got a 7.5 in writing first time round, grrrhhhh..... I guess I was worried about failing AITSL at the time?!
  20. benj1980

    189 visa, secondary school teacher

    Why wait to do the IELTS? Many people have not received the magical number required and had to retake (myself included!) It will only delay things if that happens. It's a great feeling to get over the line with IELTS and AITSL, you know you are on your way then! Where are you looking to move?
  21. benj1980

    Student visa option to PR

    I read that as thanks Moron! There was me thinking you'll get no other advice/support calling people names like that!
  22. benj1980

    Living in NZ on Oz PR

    Speaking to a fellow Pom yesterday... Do we still have an entitlement to live in NZ if we have PR in Oz? I believe this was the case a few years ago? Is there a pathway to citizenship this way? Or was this a myth?! I'm not going anywhere I might add, my wife would kill me if I suggested moving again any time soon!
  23. I'd go but them I'm happy in Oz! You're fortunate to have access to the country obviously many strive for it and fail. Sometimes I think maybe we take this for granted and forget about why we ensured that we have these options available to us. For me the reason for PR in Oz was my children, I can't live my life through my parents. I left early enough for them to accept I won't be there in their late years although they visit regularly now and we will go back within the next couple of years...
  24. benj1980

    Student visa option to PR

    No option of sponsorship from your current role? After a student visa you'd be in the same boat trying to gain a visa after spending thousands and thousands as an overseas student. With no guarantee of a visa at the end of it, would your new qualification be suitable back in the UK? It's not the smartest choice and smells of desperation!
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