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Myself and my family are moving over next year. My daughter will be 16 and completed her GCSE's where will she slot into the education system out there and will her GCSE's be recognized.
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Hi Neil, We are in the exact same situation as you, if you find any answers please let me know. Ta Jen

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this is a very good post it is very helpful for us. we are trying togather all the info while waiting for a decision on the EOI which i recently submited.

But i am hopeful it will be positive news

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Hello,

Any input on the prospects of a 'mature' U.S. Physics teacher with 14+ years experience?

I have one more document to receive before submitting for NZQA evaluation. Looking to make the move over November 2012 for a Jan/Feb 2013 start. Any insights and/or advice welcome.

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Hi, I'm new to the forum and have found this post to be very informative. I am a primary school teacher with less than one year of experience. My BA is from Toronto and my Grad Dip in Education was done in Australia. I'll be moving to Auckland in October and hoping that I can squeeze in some relief teaching before the school year ends in order to meet some principles.

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Hello,

Any input on the prospects of a 'mature' U.S. Physics teacher with 14+ years experience?

I have one more document to receive before submitting for NZQA evaluation. Looking to make the move over November 2012 for a Jan/Feb 2013 start. Any insights and/or advice welcome.
Sorry for the delay in response; won't bore you with the details of why!

Anyway, there isn't much extra advice I can offer you for your position. Again, relief teaching is the main way in to a job. However, at that time of year, and given the short final term, there is a VERY slim chance of any work as a reliever being offered. I would suggest that you get a list of schools in the relevent areas of living and email the principal's directly with your CV. You never know what work will be suddenly available when people quit their jobs last minute!

Good luck

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Just to let everyone know, if you don't already, that Primary school teaching is back on the short term skills list not just early years.

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Hi there,

I've been looking at some job postings online and it seems as though some of the terminology is different than here in Canada and I was hoping to get some clarification on what exactly these terms mean: U5, new entrant teacher, tagged, and MU. Any help is much appreciated.

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I've been looking at some job postings online and it seems as though some of the terminology is different than here in Canada and I was hoping to get some clarification on what exactly these terms mean: U5, new entrant teacher, tagged, and MU. Any help is much appreciated.
No problem. "New entrant" is for the new kids starting at primary. It's like a Year 0.
"MU" is management unit. This is a pay point for a management responsibility e.g. teacher in charge of literacy. "Tagged" means that it has something assigned for a specified period of time e.g. 1 tagged MU would mean that the management unit is only set for a period of time. "U5" usually means upper Year 5. This means that they split Year 5 (2nd to last year of primary school) into 2 levels.

It should also be noted to people who have noticed that primary teaching is back on the skills shortage list...this will be true in some areas, but primary teaching roles are still VERY highly competed for!!! In Tauranga, for example, it is widely recognised that getting a job in primary is like looking for rocking horse poo...almost impossible!!!! Don't expect to walk into jobs (same as secondary)...you have to put in a heap of leg work to get roles!!

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No problem. "New entrant" is for the new kids starting at primary. It's like a Year 0.
"MU" is management unit. This is a pay point for a management responsibility e.g. teacher in charge of literacy. "Tagged" means that it has something assigned for a specified period of time e.g. 1 tagged MU would mean that the management unit is only set for a period of time. "U5" usually means upper Year 5. This means that they split Year 5 (2nd to last year of primary school) into 2 levels.

It should also be noted to people who have noticed that primary teaching is back on the skills shortage list...this will be true in some areas, but primary teaching roles are still VERY highly competed for!!! In Tauranga, for example, it is widely recognised that getting a job in primary is like looking for rocking horse poo...almost impossible!!!! Don't expect to walk into jobs (same as secondary)...you have to put in a heap of leg work to get roles!!

Thanks jenswaters. That clears things up for me.
I'm expecting to do a lot of work to get a job. I also understand that relief work might be the way to go to get to know some principles first.

Oh, and one more question... are portfolios commonly used there? Here in Ontario they aren't but when I studied in Aus they were.

Thanks again

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Thanks jenswaters. That clears things up for me.
I'm expecting to do a lot of work to get a job. I also understand that relief work might be the way to go to get to know some principles first.

Oh, and one more question... are portfolios commonly used there? Here in Ontario they aren't but when I studied in Aus they were.

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Not a problem. It can be a minefield getting into work over here!!!

We don't generally use portfolios, but I would still suggest that you have yours compiled and up-to-date. It never hurts to be prepared just incase the one school you get an interview for is the exception!!! The main thing is your CV, and a lot of people find the difference quite startling. Here, presentation is everything, so make your CV stand out (don't keep it traditional black and white...use colour, add pictures, use Publisher to get it looking exceptional). But keep it SHORT!!! No more than 2 pages (3 at a complete max, but ensure EVERYTHING is relevant). I know that people from the US are used to "the bigger the better" kind of CV when it comes to education, but it is a total opposite here. Also, as a Brit, we are used to professional and traditional CV's with no "individuality". Again, not so here. Make you CV a reflection of YOU. Quite often it is a personality thing out here that will get you a job.

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