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www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za BEFORE YOU LEAVE...........................................................................................4 WORKING FOR CLASSROOM.............................................................................4 REGISTER AT CLASSROOM................................................................................4 WHY WORK THROUGH AN AGENCY.................................................................5 WHY NOT TO GO OVER FOR A SHORT PERIOD..............................................6 WHAT DIFFERENTIATES CLASROOM FROM OTHER SOUTH AFRICAN AGENCIES.............................................................................................................6 TYPES OF WORK..................................................................................................7 Supply teaching:.................................................................................................................7 What is Supply teaching and how does it work?............................................................7 What is expected from a supply teacher..........................................................................7 Advantages of supply teaching........................................................................................8 Disadvantages of supply teaching....................................................................................8 Long-term placement:.......................................................................................................8 What is a Long-term placement and how does it work?................................................8 Advantages of Long-term placements.............................................................................8 Permanent placement:.......................................................................................................8 How are the children?........................................................................................................8 Which age group is best to teach for?..............................................................................9 THE BRITISH CURRICULUM................................................................................9 WHY DO PEOPLE LOVE LONDON....................................................................10 What to Pack....................................................................................................................11 Immigration Control.......................................................................................................12 Welcome to London.........................................................................................................12 Area................................................................................................................................15 Number of People in the house......................................................................................16 Occupation of other tenants...........................................................................................16 www.classroomteachers.co.za 2 Tel. 083 44 505 66 gert@classroomteachers.co.za

www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za Luxuries ........................................................................................................................16 Distance to the Tube Station..........................................................................................16 Distance to shopping centre...........................................................................................17 LET’S WORK.......................................................................................................17 Saving Money...................................................................................................................18 Where will I put my hard earned savings?....................................................................19 Holiday Pay.......................................................................................................................19 DAY TO DAY ACTIVITIES....................................................................................20 WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR NEW HOME.................................................20 OTHER TRANSPORTATION...............................................................................20 RELIGION.............................................................................................................22 HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS..................................................................................22 GENERAL ...........................................................................................................22 Travel Insurance..............................................................................................................22 Driving while abroad?....................................................................................................23 Lost vital documentation?...............................................................................................23 Foreign Currency ............................................................................................................23 International Student Identity Card (ISIC)..................................................................23 Phoning Home..................................................................................................................23 Using Phone Lines.........................................................................................................23 Making phone calls using the Internet...........................................................................24 "Its like death and taxes...."............................................................................................24 Pay As You Earn (PAYE)...............................................................................................24 National Insurance (NI).................................................................................................24 Income tax.....................................................................................................................24 CLASSROOM REGISTRATION CHECKLIST.....................................................26 3 www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel. 083 44 505 66 gert@classroomteachers.co.za

www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za INTRODUCTION Many people have various misconceptions about living and teaching in London. These vary from full cavity searches on Heathrow airport for all two-year working holidaymakers to having to teach the devil himself. This information booklet is designed to give you a clear and realistic picture of what living and teaching in London is really like for South African teachers.

Before You Leave
As with anything in life, the better we prepare the easier the task, or in this case, adventure, you are about to embark on becomes.

Working for Classroom
There are a large number of non-specialist agencies dedicating some part of their business to placing staff into London schools. Classroom is dedicated solely to placing education staff into London schools. Other agencies mention that their staff has extensive experience in both teaching and education recruitment in London. The staff of Classroom is proud to admit to 40+ years of teaching and 20+ years of education recruitment experience in London. Teachers are dedicated professionals doing a tough job. Money isn't your sole motivation. However, Classroom will guarantee to offer you the most competitive rate of pay by operating on a lower margin and not charging schools any more. Some teachers prefer the flexibility of daily supply work to broaden their experience. Others like to commit to a term or more in a school. Some are looking for the security of a permanent position. Classroom will help you to explore the options, discuss the pros and cons and support your choice without any pressure. We are interested in what is best for you, not just us. There are a wide variety of fields in education. Whether you are a Pre-Primary, Primary, Secondary or Special Needs professional, Classroom has staff who have worked extensively in your sector and can understand and support your particular concerns. At Classroom we provide extensive resources that are available to all teachers, e.g. National Curriculum documentation for copying, free access to the Internet. We also aim to visit all those teachers in longer-term positions and provide regular Inset courses led by experts in their field and designed to cover those areas requested by you.

Register at Classroom
But before we start let’s just give you a bit of information about teaching in London. In contrast to South African institutions, schools do not employ people directly. When teaching in London, you will be working through an agency such as Classroom. The agency looks for a suitable position for you. Work can come in one of three forms: 1. Supply Teaching 2. Long-term Placement 3. Permanent Placement 4 www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel. 083 44 505 66 gert@classroomteachers.co.za

www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za Supply teaching is when your agency places you in short-term positions; these could vary from a one-day placement to a week or two. This means that you could be working at a different school every day of the week. A long-term placement is when you are placed at one specific school for a longer period, usually a term or more. A long-term placement involves a bit more work but has more job satisfaction. (More about long-term-, permanent- and supply teaching a bit later) If you decide to register in London, you will need to travel to our offices in central London. You will also not be able to work on the days that you register and the following weeks, as we will need to check your references etc. When registering in South Africa, you will be ready to work the day after you arrive in London. Registering with Classroom is completely free of charge. Many agencies register you in South Africa, but still require you to be interviewed in their offices in London before being able to look for work. At Classroom, we pride ourselves on the level of integration our South African branch has with our London head office. This means that the South African branch has the skill to interview you and send your profile and CV to the head office, from where we can start the placement process according to your requirements. Once you arrive in London, you will be ready to work immediately. We will try to confirm long-term or supply teaching work in the UK before you leave home!

Why work through an agency
Some people have a misperception that you can earn more money if you don't work through an agency. These people believe that the agency takes a cut of their salaries. They will then go to London and try to work without registering at an agency; this causes great dismay when they realize the truth. Let’s explain why: More than 99% of all working holiday makers work through agencies. The reason is simple – THEY EARN MORE money working for an agency and find work easier than people who don’t. When working through Classroom we won’t take any of your salary. The process works as follows: • A school will contact us with a vacancy for a specified period (normally 3 to 9 months) for which it needs a specific teacher with certain skills. • The school contacts an agency because it does not want a permanent teacher as this will be a temporary position. • There are many reasons for temporary positions arising such as the regular teacher taking leave, pregnancy, sickness, etc. • Classroom now looks for the perfect candidate and places you in this position. • The school pays us for finding them the perfect teacher. • Once this position ends we’ll probably have your next position lined up. Let’s presume a suitable candidate did approach the school directly while this position was not filled yet. Would the school be interested and pay this teacher more? The answer www.classroomteachers.co.za 5 Tel. 083 44 505 66 gert@classroomteachers.co.za

www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za is NO; the reason is simply because they want to fill a position temporarily. If they employed the candidate who approached them directly as a permanent member of staff, they would have to keep them after the 9 month period when the regular teacher returns (because of legislation which prohibits them from firing someone they’ve employed permanently) which would mean they would have to pay for someone they don’t require. But let’s presume for a second they did hire this candidate directly. Would he now be able to earn more? Yet again, the answer is no, the reason is that there are fixed regulated rates at which teachers get paid. For a newly qualified teacher this rate could be as little as £21 000 where a teacher working through Classroom could earn at least £23 625 when working for the same period. As you can clearly see, it is easier for you as teacher to find work in the first place through Classroom and secondly you will earn a lot more working through us than you would if you could find a school to work for in a permanent position.

Why not to go over for a short period
If you are planning on going over for a short while, we always advise against it very strongly! The reasons are as follow:
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To get there and back and live there for two months is VERY expensive and if there is the slightest hiccup you will make a big financial loss, while you're there! When you go over you will need to activate your Working Holiday Visa. When you return that visa will be valid still and after you’re full 2 years (doesn’t matter if you were there or not) you will have used your Visa and you can never get it again in your entire life. It is therefore a big waste for you!

What differentiates CLASROOM from other South African Agencies
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We Guarantee the Highest pay Gert and Jano from the SA branch flies to London from the end of December till the 2nd week in February with the sole purpose of helping you find work. We also help you with other things like accommodation, opening bank accounts, general advice etc. We will also be faces who greet you when you walk trough the doors in the London office. Unlike other South African branches, we only get paid once you are working – that’s probably why no other South African branch goes to the trouble of flying to London to assist their candidates. 6 www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel. 083 44 505 66 gert@classroomteachers.co.za

www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za We’ll start looking for a position for you as soon as we have all the documentation we require from you, that means you could have a job before you fly to London!

Types of work
When working in the United Kingdom you will either work as a Supply teacher, a Longterm teacher or a Permanent teacher. In the following paragraphs we will discuss each of these possibilities, highlighting the advantages each one offers.

Supply teaching:
What is Supply teaching and how does it work?
Supply teaching is the term used for teaching for very short periods of time at a specific school. Supply teachers are needed at schools when the regular staff are ill or cannot attend their class for some reason. Schools then contact agencies, submitting vacancies, which are subsequently filled by the agencies’ teachers. Supply teaching requires teachers who are willing to travel with an open-minded positive attitude. Supply teaching can be a great way to teach in a variety of schools and gain invaluable and wide-ranging experience. Many schools require supply cover (you may know it as relief, substitute or emergency teaching) at the last minute for absences and illness. Cover for courses are usually booked in advance, but sickness cover is often only reported that morning, requiring both us and you to react instantly! Daily supply requires a great deal of flexibility and quick thinking but does bring its own rewards and is an excellent way to gain a great deal of London experience in a short period of time. We also find that teachers are requested back after initial day-to-day assignments often taking a longer-term position in a school with which they have built a relationship. If you decide to do supply teaching the consultants at Classroom will do their best to place you at a school close to the area where you live. You might go to a school only for a day, or it might be for a week or more. Always feel free to give Classroom feedback regarding the school you visited. Classroom will try to tell you a day in advance where you will be teaching the next day, but it could happen that you are phoned the same morning you have to work at a specific school. When Classroom phones you for a Supply-teaching job they will tell you the name of the school and provide you with detailed directions to the school. Most supply teachers quickly discover the value of an A-Z map book, which makes finding schools in London a pleasure. What is expected from a supply teacher Most of the time there will be work left for you to carry on with in the class you teach, but it is a good idea to carry some of your own photocopied worksheets to supply teaching assignments, in case you run out of work to do with the children. Once in London, Classroom will supply you with such worksheets where necessary. 7 www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel. 083 44 505 66 gert@classroomteachers.co.za

www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za Advantages of supply teaching As a supply teacher, you generally don’t need to prepare lessons. You are also only responsible to mark that day’s work. You will meet a lot of new people as you will work at different locations. You will gain a lot of experience in different teaching situations. Disadvantages of supply teaching It is generally more difficult to enforce discipline and authority with children you don’t know and won’t get to know very well before your next assignment. It is more difficult to estimate your travel time to schools you’ve never been to than if you were working at one specific school. You don’t get as much job satisfaction in the sense of seeing progress from- and getting to know your pupils. You won’t be able to get references from schools were you did supply teaching for a short period.

Long-term placement:
What is a Long-term placement and how does it work?
Long-term positions (of usually a term or more) are for those wanting to take on the whole role and responsibilities of a full-time teacher with the planning and commitment that requires. Working in one school for an extended length of time often sees teachers becoming intrinsically involved in the school community, attending Parents' Evenings and events and taking on other roles, e.g. as a Form Tutor in Secondary schools. Longterm placements are for longer periods of time (3 to 6 months) at a specific school. Advantages of Long-term placements Being a long-term teacher you will very soon be familiar with your school and its surroundings. You will know when to get up and how long it takes you to travel to your school. You will get to know your colleagues and pupils and build relationships with them. You will have a great deal of job satisfaction, seeing your pupils learn and develop. Enforcing discipline will be much easier than with supply teaching. You will gain valuable teaching experience. As a long term teacher you will be able to get references from schools you taught at. These references will come in very handy when you come back to South Africa in a year or two and are looking for work!

Permanent placement:
Legislation changed on 1 January 2003. The new legislation does not allow agencies to apply for work permits for teachers. Instead, schools need to apply for work permits for teachers wishing to work with a work permit. Many teachers come over with a two year working holiday visa and after working for a school for a year or two the schools ask them to stay on longer and arrange their work permits.

How are the children?
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www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za head teacher. As classroom management does vary in London schools Classroom presents several Classroom Management Seminars to help you adjust easily in London schools. Please ask us about the next Seminar to make sure your seat is booked.

Which age group is best to teach for?
This depends on what age group you are trained to teach for. There are teachers who are qualified for high school teaching, who try their hand at teaching youngsters, but many find that it is better to teach the age group they were trained to teach. The option remains yours.

The British Curriculum
The National Curriculum was introduced in 1988 and stipulates what must be studied in England and Wales by state school students up to the age of 16. The core subjects taught are English, Mathematics and Science, which form the basis of the curriculum. Daily Literacy and Numeracy Hour programmes have been introduced nationally into the primary sector. The foundation subjects of History, Geography, Design Technology, Information Technology, Music, Art and Physical Education are also covered. Modern Languages are introduced at secondary level whilst Religious Education must also be covered within the curriculum framework. The National Curriculum is divided into five sections known as key stages as illustrated below.

Key Stages 1 Infant Pupil's ages Year Group 5-7 Reception 1,2

2 Junior 8-11 Years 3,4,5,6

3 4,5 6 Secondary Secondary 6th Form 12-14 Years 7,8,9 15-16 Years 10,11 17-18 Years 12,13

NC Guidelines Copies of the National Curriculum guidelines are available at our offices, in public libraries, schools and now on the Internet at www.nc.uk.net. You will be expected to follow the NC on a day-to day supply basis. It is essential that you make yourself familiar with the details relevant to the age group you teach, and for the subject specialism. Within the NC, pupil performance is periodically measured against Standardized Attainment Tests (SAT's). These are formalized tests taken at the ages of 7, 11 and 14. GCSEs are taken at the end of Year 11. A-Level, GNVQ or NVQ examinations are 9 www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel. 083 44 505 66 gert@classroomteachers.co.za

www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za generally taken in the sixth form, Years 12 and 13 after which students may gain entrance into Universities. For a detailed description of assessment and examinations within the UK school system visit the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (www.qca.org.uk) website. For primary children, the British Curriculum basically consists of two main areas, Numeracy and Literacy. They have what they call a Literacy Hour and a Numeracy Hour. Literacy Hour is an hour every day dedicated to English. This involves reading together for 10 minutes, then splitting into groups according to their level of ability. The Classroom assistant will then take a group and the teacher another group. A new theme or area of learning will be taught for 20 minutes. The pupils will then be assigned a written activity for 15-20 minutes. The last 10 minutes is used for recapping and closing off. Numeracy Hour is handled in the same manner. Please ask us for our British Curriculum Info Pack if you require more information on this subject. For extensive information on the British Curriculum for your age group please visit our website at http://www.classroomteachers.co.uk/workingforclassroom.html and click on the relevant “useful link” for the National Curriculum (NC). Alternatively you could visit http://www.classroomteachers.co.za and click on “Useful Links” from where you will be able to get the link to the National Curriculum as well as other useful links.

Why do people love London
Many South Africans who have never experienced London often lash out at its unfriendliness, the cold and the poor living conditions. They wonder why people who have lived and worked in London for a year or two often long back or do everything in their ability to stay longer. Most people who have only been in London for a month or two wonder the same things. A few things contribute to making the London experience unforgettable. The helpfulness of fellow South Africans is one of them. If you are a South African and in need of anything, no other South African will ever turn his back on you in London. The liveliness of the city is inspirational. London never sleeps and a few of the people you’ll get to know will probably work night shift to keep the city running. London is also a city of the world, famous people flock there to premier new movies, hold concerts or just to enjoy what the city offers. The city’s culture and cultural heritage is second to none and ranges from magnificent castles to strawberries and cream on Wimbledon centre court. There is always something to do and someone to do it with. South Africans who live in London usually have an adventurous attitude of “what can we do” – they won’t ask who’s going and what does it cost, just where must they meet you. Back home you usually need to beg people to join you in doing something fun. London also forms a perfect home base for touring, be it the British Isles or the continent (Europe). A weekend to Paris, Amsterdam or even Rome is something most South Africans do while living in Europe. The other major benefit is that money generally isn’t an issue. Most South Africans earn respectable salaries and can afford to do fun things. There is a magnitude of museums, cinemas, parks, river walks, castles, pubs and clubs to keep everyone entertained. 10 www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel. 083 44 505 66 gert@classroomteachers.co.za

www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za In short, London is a fun place where you’ll meet exciting new people, embark on countless adventures, travel, socialize, make new friends and become totally independent. You’ll love it and after you return to our sunny shores, you’ll often long back to your days in the big city.

What to Pack
Many people think they are going on a long camp. They pack everything from can openers and two-minute noodles to tents and gas stoves. Although these items do have their place and time in the life of a working holidaymaker, it is important to remember you are actually moving home for a year or two. By leaving your -20°C Ice Age sleeping bag and accompanying Igloo tent, you will be able to pack more clothes for those cold winter days. Remember that you can pack 23 kg of luggage and only 7 kg of hand luggage (depends on that flight you will be taken). Furthermore, you can buy a duvet set at your local Argos store for half the price of your Ice Age sleeping bag and feel at home in your new house from day one. Living in a sleeping bag for a year just isn’t as much fun as it seemed when you were 10. Here is some advice on what to pack: Clothes: Teachers work in smart casual clothes in most London Schools. If you are a PE teacher, you might consider an extra sweat suit. Never underestimate the uses of the jean! You’ll be walking a lot in London, be sure to pack comfortable shoes. London has one warm month, which happens to fall in school holidays as well, the hot day for next year is expected on the first Friday in August – pack accordingly. If you’re one of those people who just can’t eat any food without Mrs Balls Chutney, doesn’t despair, Tesco (the local Pick ‘n Pay chain) stock Mrs Balls. This is also true for a variety of products, which used to be unavailable in London. If you really think your five packets of 2 minute noodles will help you survive, feel free to pack them, Tesco do however stock spaghetti at 11p per packet and white bread at 28p per loaf. Feel free to compare a few prices online before going at www.tesco.co.uk. Food items usually just take up unnecessary space. There are also various South African stores in London that specialise in South African products which aren’t available in London such as Jelly Tots, Energy Bars, Fanta Grape, Biltong, Bar-one, Rice Crispies, etc. It is wise to have some pounds on you when landing in London as the immigration officer might ask you whether you have foreign currency and how much. We suggest a sum of £300 cash. Also be sure to tell the officer you have ample funds on your credit or debit card. Please ask us about the options you have for buying pounds.

Food:

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What to Leave:

www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za Although you will probably not be deported for carrying certain items, it is best not to attract attention, especially if it is your first time over. These items include parcels for friends, letters to friends, telephone books with contacts in the UK, CV’s, text books containing course material, etc. Please feel free to ask us should you be unsure of any item. If you are a smoker, be sure to pack your allowed three cartons, as cigarettes are extremely expensive in the United Kingdom. If you do not smoke however, you could make a quick buck by packing three cartons of Kent special mild as you could probably double your money by selling the cartons. According to regulations you are allowed one litre of alcohol. This could come in handy on those cold winter nights. Try to take something that is not available in London – not to sell, but to make friends :) Make copies of all your important documentation such as your passport, travellers cheques claim form, drivers license, etc and keep it with your luggage (assuming you keep the originals on you) It is also a good idea to email yourself a copy of this documentation in case of emergency. To save yourself a lot of trouble pack your chest x-rays, which prove you, don’t have TB. Immigration control do tend to randomly send people for x-ray test and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and effort if you have your x-rays ready on request (be sure to carry them in your hand luggage for easy access, as you will not have your luggage on you when you arrive at immigration control)

A Quick Buck:

General Items:

Immigration Control
After landing, you’ll enter the airport, and depending on you passport you’ll be divided into two groups, those with British/European Union passports, and the rest of us. Our queue is the long one. The people who supplied you your Visa will help you with all your immigration control questions. The stories going around about being interrogated for days are exaggerated. Immigration control is just a way to make sure people don’t enter the United Kingdom illegally. You have nothing to be afraid of.

Welcome to London
You’ve entered and can start spreading the news that immigration control stories are exaggerated, what happens now? After arriving at your new home (which Classroom can help you organise), you’ll probably need a bit of rest because when registering through Classroom, you could be working the next day! Prior to you departure we will make sure you have a meeting date and time set up so that you can meet the consultants in the London office and ask them all the questions you might have. Before you leave we will 12 www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel. 083 44 505 66 gert@classroomteachers.co.za

www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za email you with details of how to get to our offices as well as contact details for Classroom in London.

Transportation
You will need to use the London Underground quite regularly when travelling in London. When travelling, be sure to know in which general direction you need to travel (North, East, South or West). U can determine this by looking at your tube map. North is at the top of the map. Tube maps are available for free at all underground stations. A London Underground tube map is shown on the next page. When looking at the map, each line colour indicates a different train route. Trains run in both directions on every route. If two routes (lines) cross and there is a circle at the crossing, you can switch routes at that station. When walking towards a platform on a station, signs will clearly indicate in which direction the trains on either platform are heading. However, if you missed the sign, there will be an electronic board on the platform stating the train’s final destination, and how long it will take for the next train to arrive. You can now check whether or not the specific train is going in the direction you intend by using your tube map and verifying that the trains’ destination (usually the last point on the line) is in your desired direction of travel. If you do happen to climb on the wrong train, don’t despair, just get off at the next stop and walk to the other platform, the next train in the right direction should be there in no more than five minutes. If you still can’t find your way, don’t hesitate to ask anyone; contrary to popular belief the general public are usually very helpful and friendly in assisting commuters.

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www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za Accommodation A few years ago, accommodation for South Africans used to be challenging and provided a few headaches. Luckily today, with Classroom’s accommodation catalogue the story is quite different. There is a network of South African houses (communes) across London providing accommodation especially to South Africans. Some of these houses provide solely for South Africans while others include Kiwi’s and Australians and occasionally Brits as well. At Classroom, we have a list of available accommodation and you can choose where you want to live by browsing our catalogue. If you are going to stay in London, we suggest that you find something in East of London e.g. Canada Water, Canary Wharf, Leyton, Leytonstone etc. Ultimate Housing has room in that area available. Usually Classroom arranges for a room there you can stay in, Ultimate Housing also a South-African company how is situated in London. For more info please visit www.ultimatehousing.co.uk. There is a big price difference between a single room and a double room. A single room is smaller and costs more then a double room that you would have to share. Most South African communes operating in London work on a simple all-inclusive; two week notice period. This means that everything (all taxes and bills) is included in your weekly rent. When deciding to leave, you need to give the landlord a two-week notice period, for him to find new tenants. Things to consider when looking for accommodation include: Area Number of people in the house Occupation of other tenants Luxuries Distance to the nearest tube station Distance to shopping centre Area South African communes tend to reside in a few specific areas in London. These include the East, Southeast, North and Southwest. Although there are South Africans in the remaining areas, the concentration of accommodation is not as dense in those areas. At Classroom we concentrate on placements throughout London. As far as accommodation is concerned, we will assist in finding you accommodation where you want it. Feel free to ask us to recommend a specific area when we talk, as we have lived in most areas and will be able to give you good advice on what to expect and where to live. Please keep in mind that you are going to travel to the school everyday. Our consultants will place you in the area that you are staying in. If there isn’t a lot of school in the area, your not be able to work much. 15 www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel. 083 44 505 66 gert@classroomteachers.co.za

www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za Number of People in the house This is one of the most important factors to consider. Landlords letting property to South African tenants are paid per tenant, thus the more tenants per house the more money the landlord will make. This is good policy, bringing down the cost of living because the more tenants per house, the cheaper every tenant will pay. HOWEVER, there is a limit to what you should tolerate. Our experience has shown that the ideal number of tenants per house is no more than eight. Some landlords have big houses, accommodating for as many as 14 tenants. These “experiments” usually have large living areas, kitchens and two bathrooms; however the “rats” tend to get on each other’s nerves within the first few weeks. We’ve found these houses to be impersonal, resulting in 14 strangers, not respecting each other’s privacy or job-hours. It is something we would strongly oppose of for any of our clients. The ideal house would be a eight-tenant house with two bathrooms. Occupation of other tenants When Paula Abdul wrote her song “Opposites attract” she did not mean teachers and post metrics. Youngsters who have just written matric usually come to London with totally different goals/ideas than university graduates. They save enough money every week (doing security) to throw massive parties on weekends or go to clubs, arriving home at four in the morning, banging down doors as far as they go. If this is your idea of fun, get a few post matric housemates. People with similar qualifications/office hours/goals on what they want from their London experience tend to respect their housemates – having just as much fun, but respecting each other. These people also tend to do other fun things like touring, mountain biking, going to the coast for a weekend, etc. as they actually manage to save money. If this was too subtle for you lets rephrase: Don’t live in the same house as a bunch of post matrics! Luxuries There are a few luxuries that aren’t available in all communes. These are satellite television, tumble dryers and Internet ready computers. Computers tend to be the most useful as you will probably be communicating a lot with you friends and family back home. Satellite television compares to our DSTV in South Africa, but BBC channels available on ordinary television are far superior to SABC! Although tumble dryers are useful, we’ve found that hanging your clothes over the central heating system is just as effective. Because of the cold, all houses have central heating systems, making the inside of the house very pleasant and comfortable. Just remember again that in a house with 14 people you probably won’t have access to these luxuries as often as you would like. Distance to the Tube Station English people are quite a stubborn breed; they still have not adopted the metric system of measurement, using miles, feet, ounces and pounds. This doesn’t matter that much as far as distance is concerned because people don’t give distance in miles, they prefer to use minutes. This is because most people tend to walk and use the public transport system, which doesn’t give you distance to your destination. Although you’ll be walking fit within the first month, it is more convenient if your house is within walking distance (less than 10 minutes) from the tube station. Having to take a bus is usually time 16 www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel. 083 44 505 66 gert@classroomteachers.co.za

www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za consuming and because buses are not nearly as consistent as trains, you’ll probably wait in frustration a few times. All underground lines are extremely timely, however the Central-, Jubilee-, Northern- and Piccadilly lines are quicker and more frequent than the District-, Hammersmith and city-, Bakerloo-, Metropolitan-, Victory- and Circle lines as well as the Docklands light railway. This should however not form part of your main house renting decision, but only be secondary consideration. Distance to shopping centre If you are about to leave your parents house for the first time or lived in a residence, shopping is one of the things you are going to have to get accustomed to. It is most convenient to live close to a shopping centre, but if your commune is not close, don’t despair, Tesco Internet shopping is very convenient. The big grocery stores are Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Safeway and ASDA and they are spread throughout London. You’ll never be very far from one of these stores.

Let’s Work
You’ve unpacked, met your housemates, you’re acclimatizing and ready to work. But before you can start working it is important for the people in the London office to meet you to put a face to your CV and to establish what experience you have, what preferences you have and just too generally get to know you. The South African branch will help you schedule such an interview with the London office soon after you’ve arrived in London. Please keep in mind that these are the people who will actively place you in teaching positions and be sure to appear as professional as you are. The people in the London office will help you set up your bank account (if you haven’t done it through the SA branch) and answer all your questions and address your concerns. With Permanent placements you will usually be asked to go for an interview if you weren’t interviewed telephonically while still in South Africa. It is of the utmost importance that you make a good impression. Please ask us about the Classroom Interview Pack that will help you make your best impression! Well, if you registered through Classroom, asking to be placed in a Long-term position, you probably already know where you work! You can just report at the reception of your school at 8:30 and they’ll introduce you to your new class. If you registered, asking to do supply teaching for the first few weeks, a Classroom representative will contact you the previous day (or sometimes in the morning before work) and tell you where to go to for your next working day. If you have any queries on where you should or how to get to your school once you’ve arrived in London, don’t hesitate to contact us on 0207 636 0600.

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Directions to our office
Use the tube to get to Oxford Circus tube station. Exit at exit 1. Keep walking in the same direction as this exit point. (You are walking in Regent Street) Nike town will be on your right hand side as you exit. Cross one small street. Oasis clothing store will be on your right. The entrance next to Oasis is our building! If you walked more than 100m from the Tube station you’ve missed it. The entrance has big glass doors and there is a security man in the foyer. The physical address is: "296 Walmar House" Walk inside, smile happily at the security guard, and inform him that you are there for your appointment with CLASSROOM. We are on the top floor, very eager to meet you. Welcome to the adventure! If you can’t find it please feel free to call us at any time on 0207 636 0600. Please make sure you are on time for your appointment.

Saving Money
Teachers are some of the highest paid individuals in London compared to other professionals. Living cost in London can vary considerably depending on different lifestyles. Teachers earn approximately £120 per day, depending on your skills, qualifications and experience. In the following section we outline approximate living costs to be used as a guide only. Living on the Breadline Accommodation (per week) Single Room Shared Room (per person) Groceries (per week) Food Other (Toiletries etc.) Entertainment & Other Movie Ticket Video Rental Pizza Take Away Club Entrance Beer (per pint in pub) Sport (per Session) Petrol (per litre) Sightseeing (per entrance) £110.00 £65.00 £15.00 £3.00 £3.50 £2.50 £6.00 £2.00 £5.00 £2.00 £0.00 (Back yard) £1.18(Sure you're on the breadline?) £0.00 Living Lekker £140.00 £80.00 £30.00 £6.00 £9.00 £3.75 £12.00 £6.00 £15.00 £2.50 £2.50 (Gymnasium) £1.18 £10.00

Depending on where you live and work, your transportation costs will vary. Many people buy one way tickets to work and back home from as little as £1.80 per ticket. You can also purchase a Travel Card for longer periods. It is cheaper to purchase cards for longer periods if you know your travel needs. The table below outlines weekly travel costs for various zones. Travel Cards are valid on any public transport including trains, buses and trams. 18 www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel. 083 44 505 66 gert@classroomteachers.co.za

www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za Travel card (per week) zone 1-2 zone 1-3 zone 1-4 zone 1-5 zone 1-6 zone 2-6 zone 2-4 zone 3-4 To use any Public Transport £24.20 £27.00 £34.60 £39.80 (The whole of London) £44.60 £29.20 £18.40 £14.00

An average teacher, teaching 5 days per week could have an income statement looking like this: Income statement for a week Income Gross Earnings Minus tax Net Earnings after tax Expenses Lodging Travel Groceries Entertainment Weekly Savings Weekly Rand Savings £468.60 £600.00 £131.40 £468.60 £151.80 £65.00 £26.80 £30.00 £30.00 April 2008 £316.80 R4,915.70

Please note that although we have done our utmost best to supply you with accurate figures all these figures are estimates only.

Where will I put my hard earned savings?
It won’t be necessary to stash your cash under the mattress. In strong contrast with their South African counterparts, opening a bank account in the UK can be quite difficult. Classroom has set up a partnership with Lloyds TSB offshore to help you open a bank account effortlessly! Cause we have an agreement with Lloyds you don’t have to have a deposit to open up an Off-Shore Bank Account. Please ask one of our consultants for more information or visit www.lloydstsb.co.za.

Holiday Pay
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www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za Another question is: What do teachers do during holidays? The answer varies quite considerably from teacher to teacher as they do whatever they feel up to. This varies from touring Europe, to visiting South Africa or just relaxing at home. Some teachers also try their hand at another job such as working in a hotel in Ireland or working in a big shopping centre such as Harrods.

Day to day activities
A normal working day for a teacher will start at 9 in the morning and end at 3 in the afternoon. But by no means will his/her day end then – socially. There are quite a number of pubs in London, which cater for everyone’s needs. South Africans like to play touch rugby or roller blade in the parks in the summer afternoons to keep fit. Nothing, not even the cold, can stop them from holding a braai. In the evenings there is a magnitude of plays and movies to choose from, or you could just go stroll through the city doing a bit of window-shopping at Harrods or Selfridges. You could decide to become part of a live studio audience for one of the comedy shows or take a cruise on the Thames River. Maybe you just want to sit in Hyde Park and watch the people. If you are a fitness fanatic, there are quite a number of well-equipped gyms. Most houses also have video machines and DSTV so you could stay at home and watch a movie with your friends. You could also join one of the social league sport clubs, which usually play games on Saturdays. If you’re into clubbing, London boasts some of the world’s best clubs and you could even bump into someone famous. One thing is for sure, you’ll never be bored.

What to expect from your new home
Here we intend to inform you on general living conditions in London and answer questions such as: Do all houses in London have butlers etc. Most houses in London were built in the 19th century, making them older than the Sammy Marks Museum in Pretoria (which is one of the oldest houses in Pretoria). When built, there was no such thing as running water and sanitation. This means that most houses were modernised to include taps and bathrooms. Therefore most kitchens and bathrooms are rather small. Houses are usually built right next to each other, sharing a wall in most instances. This is because of the lack of space. Gardens are also very small. Most neighbourhoods have nice parks where people go to relax or play games. South African communes usually have three to five bedrooms with a living room, kitchen and bathroom or two. Because of the lack of space a garage is an absolute luxury. Cars are usually parked in the street in front of the houses on both side of the road. There are however very beautiful and luxurious apartments in London with riverfronts and Jacuzzis. These do however come at a price and most South Africans tend to endure a bit less luxury for saving those extra pounds. The choice is absolutely yours.

Other Transportation
If you plan on touring quite a bit, be it only the United Kingdom or Europe as well one of the best investments you can make is a car. A car could also be useful if you don’t work too far from your home, as schools are usually not situated on busy routes. Cars come in very handy when making a last minute decision to go away for the weekend. They also 20 www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel. 083 44 505 66 gert@classroomteachers.co.za

www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za make it easy to go and visit your friends in the evening. The down side is that fuel is costly and insurance (which is compulsory in London) is also very expensive. If you have no claims bonus in South Africa, this could considerably lower your premium in London. You could buy a reliable car for as little as £400, insurance will cost around £25 a month and petrol £1.08 per litre.

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Religion
Rumour has it that the British aren’t religious – this rumour is true. Although London has hundreds of beautiful churches, most of them are empty or nearly empty on Sundays. Luckily there are a few thriving and growing congregations including His people and of course Die SA Gemeente (www.sagemeente.com) this congregation has no denomination. The church building is situated at King’s Cross St. Pancreas tube station in central London. Die SA Gemeente has three services each Sunday at 10:00, 18:00 and 19:30. Services are in Afrikaans but translation is available. It also has a midweek praise and worship session on Wednesdays at 19:00. The church has small groups right across London, which meet regularly. It also holds regular camps, one of them especially focussing on two year working holidaymakers in London.

Holiday Destinations
This may be one of the easiest questions to answer as all of the United Kingdom and Europe is at your fingertips. This includes the Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Finland, and Lithuania), east block countries (Turkey, Czech Republic, and Romania), mainland (France, Germany, Spain, and Italy) and North Africa (Egypt, Morocco) as well as Israel, the Red sea and Dubai for a shopping spree. Most of Europe is covered with a single SCHENGEN Visa but it is best to check which countries need visas before travelling. Switzerland doesn’t require a visa at all.

General
Travel Insurance
When working in London you will pay compulsory NI (National Insurance) tax. Thus, when working in London you are automatically medically insured. When travelling you are advised to purchase travel insurance. This insurance provides medical and general insurance for luggage loss, airway liquidation, etc. Travel insurance is about R2400,00 (depends on your age and length of trip). Youth product is for people under the age of 35, who are travelling for extended periods of time, and it provides young travellers with essential benefits for up to two years, including:
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R5 000 000 cover for medical and related expenses Personal liability cover up to R2 000 0000 Luggage cover automatically included Journey cancellation and curtailment cover up to R10 000 Emergency assistance available from the world’s leading emergency assistance service providers.

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Driving while abroad?
Whether you hire a car for a weekend to see the Loch Ness monster, or buy a car to get stuck in London traffic, you do not require an international driver’s license. Your South African driver’s license is accepted in the United Kingdom. If you do buy a vehicle, you will be required by law to insure it. You will however receive considerable discount on your premium if you can supply the insurer with a letter from your local insurance stating your no claims bonus. People over the age of 25 also get significantly reduced rates.

Lost vital documentation?
Murphy's Law states that: If any vital documentation can be lost, it will, and at the most inconvenient time. Therefore it is advisable to make photocopies of all vital documents including your passport (all relevant pages), traveller's cheque numbers, credit cards, airplane tickets, etc. It is also advisable to email these copies to yourself to make them accessible anywhere in the world. A copy of your passport and visas will streamline the re-issuing process and make you a globetrotter once more. If you're travelling with somebody, it is a good idea to exchange copies of your information in case of emergency.

Foreign Currency
If you don't have a bank account in the UK, it is advisable to work with traveller's cheques until Classroom helps you to obtain one (this will happen during your first week in London). It is best to exchange traveller's cheques at the original issuer's branch to eliminate additional fees. Traveller's cheques also provide the easiest and cheapest way to transfer money between countries, providing you with competitive rates and good service.

International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
If you are under 27 and a student, you qualify for an ISIC card. This card will allow for a number of discounts at for example youth hostels, museums and cinemas around the UK and Europe. These cards are available from your local travel agent or you can visit http://www.isic.co.za/ for more info.

Phoning Home
Using Phone Lines Tell mom to dial 0044 and the rest of your number without the first 0 when she misses you. For example if your UK number is 0706 990 1417 mom should dial 0044 706 990 1417. If you miss mom's cooking, phone 0027 then the area code without the 0 and the rest of the number for example if mom's number is 011 301 6000 dial 0027 11 301 6000. Don't despair if you see your first pound disappear in a payphone within 10 seconds. Cheaper call options are available in the form of phone cards. These phone cards provide excellent rates to South Africa. We recommend the "Alpha" phone card, but be sure to check the rates as they do change from time to time. Instructions for using phone cards 23 www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel. 083 44 505 66 gert@classroomteachers.co.za

www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za are printed on the back of these cards. Phone cards can be purchased from most shops and café’s Making phone calls using the Internet Various sites are available that offer IP telephony (for the experts among you) or Internet phone calls (for the rest of us). IP telephony is when both parties log onto the Internet and then call each other via the Internet, using a microphone and speakers to communicate. Two excellent examples are MSN messenger and Yahoo messenger. MSN messenger can be downloaded at www.msn.com and yahoo messenger from www.yahoo.com. Both these programs require a microphone and speakers for both parties. Many people in the UK use Internet café's for Internet phone calls. The prices of Internet café's vary considerably with "EasyEverything" being the biggest and most popular. Some Internet café's such as "EasyEverything" also provide web cams (at minimal additional cost). Most South African communes are equipped with Internet ready computers. The second way of Internet phone calls is internet-to-phone phone calls. Mom goes onto her computer at home and calls you directly to your home phone in London. This is very convenient for you, as you don't have to go to an Internet café. This option is not free however, but does come at a fraction of the cost of a phone call, even if using a phone card (£6 for 5 hours). One of the best sites that offer this service is www.pc2call.com. If you are interested and require more info on internet-to-phone calls please feel free to ask us.

"Its like death and taxes...."
If there is any money to be paid out to you in any form, no matter how little, you will have to pay tax to the beloved queen. The new tax year starts in April. Another good tip is to ask for a VAT slip whenever you buy something expensive like a camera in the UK. This slip is as good as cash-in-hand when produced at the airport on the day you fly back home! Teachers pay will PAYE (Pay AS You Earn) tax
Pay As You Earn (PAYE) (Trying our best not to bore you here!) Two types of tax need to be paid:

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This tax includes entitlements to state benefits such as free health care from the National Health Service (NHS). This tax is deducted at the source of income, thus the employer is taxed as well. People earning less than £66 per week are not taxed, the next bracket up to £500 pay 10% tax. Anything in excess of £500 pays the maximum of £43.40
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www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za and your Personal Allowance. This Personal Allowance is the amount that you are allowed to earn before paying tax. These allowances are as follows for the 2008/2009 year: • Single person £4,335 • Married couple £5,195 (£4,335 + £860) For example, for a single person, the first £4,335 earned is tax free. The next £1,500 earned is taxed at 10%. The next £26,500 earned is taxed at 23% and thereafter everything is taxed at 40%. Therefore, anything in excess of £32,335 earned is taxed at 40%. Many South African’s are under the misconception that you can claim all your tax back because you are a South African citizen. This is NOT TRUE! You are only eligible to claim back tax if you do not work a full financial year (most South African’s don’t)
Please feel free to contact us at any time would you have any further questions. The next section is a checklist you can print out to make sure you send us all the necessary documentation and information for us to register you with Classroom.

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CLASSROOM REGISTRATION CHECKLIST
You can print this checklist to assist you in getting all your own administration sorted out. This is a list of things that needs to be done before you leave for your adventure in London DONE (tick) Completed registration form Make sure the form includes: Please provide referees to cover the last 2 years (at least 2 referee names needed). A referee can be any person that can comment on your teaching abilities and your abilities to interact with children. Referees can be colleagues who were senior to you at your place of work or practical training, lecturers, heads of institutions where you worked with children etc. Include written letters of reference by each of the referees. (See registration form, page 4) Your personal declaration of health. It is not needed to see a doctor or physician, only to be completed by yourself and to the best of your own knowledge. Make sure it is signed. (See registration form, page 5) Contract for Services or where relevant - Limited Company Contract. Make sure you read through your contract, that you understand it and that it is signed. Good quality CV Make sure that we receive a good quality CV of yourself. Your CV will be a very powerful tool, CLASSROOM will use, to find you a suitable position. A good quality CV should include as much as possible of your previous work experience, but should not be too long: 3 to 5 pages should be sufficient. Please email us and ask for example CV’s should you require a few quality CV’s to have a look at. Your teaching qualification A copy of your teaching qualification, be it a degree, diploma, or college degree. If such a document is not available, but you already passed all subjects from your institution of graduation required for your qualification, an interim letter or certificate stating that you will receive your degree/diploma will be sufficient. Passport photos For CLASSROOM office use, 2 (two) passport size photos of yourself will be required. CLASSROOM delegates visiting you at your institution of learning, or during a meeting with you will take pictures of you. In this case CLASSROOM will not need passport photos from you. If no picture of you were taken, please mail them to the PO box address supplied in this info pack. If you have a digital picture (passport style) of yourself, you can e-mail it to the e-mail address supplied in this info pack. Police Clearance Certificate (Police Check) Before you can teach in the UK, you have to be cleared from any Criminal Record, by the South African police. A police Clearance certificate can be obtained from your local police station. To apply for a police clearance certificate, your local police station will need to see proof of your ID, and take your fingerprints. This is a very important document to get before you leave, since it can only be obtained from the SA Police. If you do not have a police clearance once you arrive in the UK you will have to obtain it through INTERPOL. This is a lengthy and expensive process. Once obtained, mail the document to the SA branch of CLASSROOM. (Please apply ASAP as it could take up to 3 months to obtain in SA) Proof of ID/ Passport Proof that you are in fact who you say you are. This can be a police stamped copy of your SA ID-book, SA driver’s licence, or your Passport. Please mail to the SA branch of CLASSROOM.

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REQUIRED FOR YOUR 2 – YEAR WORKING HOLIDAY VISA APPLICATION
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(for SA Passport holders 18 – 30 years old, inclusive) Visa application bank letter: A letter from your bank stating that you have the sufficient funds and that it would be available to transfer into foreign currency. (The minimum required balance is R 25 000) Your passport number and travel dates (more or less) should be on the bank letter. Full 3-month bank statement: Your bank balance should reflect the balance of R25 000 or more on the day that you do your application. The money does not have to be in the account for 3 months but we need to hand in a 3-month statement. Each page must be BANK STAMPED! If you are being sponsored (If you get the money from parents, family, friends) you need a letter from that person, stipulating that he/she gave you the money as a gift. The Sponsor’s bank statement for 3 months (in case of a sponsor) The transfer must be seen on the statements. The sponsor, is not allowed to go in overdraft/ credit to enable enough funds to go to you. Each page must be BANK STAMPED! Letter of Employ or Study If you recently graduated you need a letter from your technicon/college/university stating your current status with the institution and expected to return to continue studies. If not a student, a letter from your present employer, stipulating your position held, length of service and salary. Please state in the letter whether you get paid in cash. Salary slips / wage slips for the last three months (only if you have worked). Letter from a future employer This letter should state that you will have a job upon your return from the United Kingdom, the date you will start your employment, your position and your salary you will earn. (If your present employer and future employer is the same, the letter should be combined into one letterhead. Valid Passport Please also submit your old passport if you have one, and note that you can only apply with a full ordinary passport and not an emergency temporary passport. 4 (four) passport photos One completed IM2A UK Visa application for (This is just the application form pls contact us) Supplement questionnaire for Working Holiday Makers. (Also part of the application form)

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www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za I WANT TO GO TO LONDON, WHEN SHOULD I DO WHAT? (Print this for yourself) Right, you decided to take on the adventure and to go work and play in London for a while. In order to help you to have everything in perfect order the day you fly out, we compiled an easy guide to help you start with certain tasks on time, and to be relaxed with those you can’t do anything about yet. This will stop you showing up at the Visa office while you cannot apply yet, and will make sure you apply for relevant documents on time. We have many years experience with these matters and you are welcome to follow our advice. We also found that when everything is in good order, your stress is considerably less and you can start enjoying everything sooner on the other side! The times indicated are for a typical case. It can happen however that you want to get on a plane quite urgently, and don’t have time to wait for all documents. Since we know every case is unique, we are quite sure we will be able to help you with good advice in any case on how to get everything sorted out. Please phone us or email us immediately with your questions, we’re standing ready to help! We also travel across the whole country, so you can also ask us when we’re in your area, so that we can chat to you in person. As you know we’re also the only UK Company with an SA branch that fly with you to the UK, and if you go to the UK in January we will be the people welcoming you in head office. On the next page, is a breakdown of everything you will need to do before you fly out, and when to do it.

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You can never buy yourself a flight ticket too early.

Apply for your Police Clearance NOW

Start working on your CV

Speed post your bank application forms together with relevant documents

Fax us your 2 written references

Immediately fax us your Visa, Police Clearance and proof of qualification when it becomes available

Bank account ready, confirm.

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Make sure your Passport is valid and ready

Make sure we have your completed registration form and that it is signed.

You can apply for your Visa from now on.

e-mail us your CV, we need to do some work on it!

Fax us a copy of your Passport

Make sure that your CV is correct and that we accepted your latest issue.

In case you asked for accommodation, we will let you know the full details here.

*E-mail your CV, speed post bank application forms and documents for it, fax the rest Flight Ticket You can never buy yourself a flight ticket too early. It is much more important to get yourself a flight ticket on a time that is better for a teacher to arrive in London. Do not try to save R1000 and fly out of season and arrive in London on a bad time! That R1000 you can work back on your first day of School before lunch! Pick seasons your ticket to London will be more or less R7500 and off pick seasons will be R5000. Please ask us about school holidays. In case you want to go to London near or around the end of the year, there are 3 times you would normally go: • End of November immediately after your final Exam. . This is the BEST time that you can go. During this time all last year’s teachers come back to South Africa and very good posts become available. 29 www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel. 083 44 505 66 gert@classroomteachers.co.za

www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za • Before the Schools start on January 5th This is also a good time to go, but you have to be there when schools start in January. You will not be able to fly between 1 and 3 January, and therefore you have to look for a ticket between Christmas and New Years. The consultants from the SA office also fly to London then. Later January This is not the best time to go over at all! There are however jobs for everyone, but there are more competition for the better positions because all last year’s SA teachers then return with their UK experience to stay their second year! (This includes teachers from other countries such as Australia and New Zealand)

Passport A Passport can take very long to get. (6 weeks+) and it is important that you apply for one as early as possible. You will also not be able to get a flight ticket without one, and your passport is valid for 10 years, so go get one today! If your passport will expire during your stay in the UK or within 6 months of your return, you will also have to apply for a new passport otherwise your Visa application might be rejected! Police Clearance You will not be able to work in the UK as a teacher without an SA Police Clearance. It can also take long and is mailed to you. It will be valid for 6 months, and only needs to be valid when you arrive in the UK. You can therefore apply for your Police Clearance 4 months in advance of your flight. You can do so at your nearest Police Station. Registration Form If you haven’t already filled out the Classroom Registration form, please let us know, and we will email you one. You can print it out, fill it in and fax right back to us. CV Start as early as possible with your CV. When you write your CV, you can prestend you already completed your studies and your practical training up to the end of the year. Please ask us for help with your CV and a standard template. Email us your CV in Microsoft Word format. We will work through it and make suggestions on how we can improve it, or let you know when we accept it. Your CV is THE MOST IMPORTANT document on your UK adventure, and has to be perfect. Please ask someone to double check your CV.

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www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za Visa If you do not hold a British Passport, EU Passport or Ancestral Visa, you will have to apply for a Working holiday Visa like the most of us. Please contact us for help with this. You can activate your Working holiday Visa only 3 months in advance, so it is better to apply within 3 months of your flight. The application and issue of your Visa happens within 24 hours, so all the rest goes into courier etc. You must go to the British consulate in Pretoria or Cape Town yourself. It takes about 3 to 10 work days to activate your visa. Bank Application form: Lloyds TSB Account It is very difficult for a South African to obtain a UK bank account independently. Classroom also opens your UK bank account before you fly out. If you do this in time you could already have your bank cards before you climb on the plane, otherwise we organise for you to pick it up at a central Lloyds branch in London as soon as you arrive. Please ask us for the forms and the examples of how to fill this out. When you finished filling it out, please phone us to so that we can make sure everything is correct before you speed post them to us. With your bank application forms, you will also get a document describing the whole process in detail. Please mail me and ask me for the bank application forms, there are a few docs that you need to send with before we can apply for you bank account, this includes: • • • Application form that must be filled in correctly. Letter from the bank with your physical address on (must be the same as had written on the application). Copy of your passport that must be certified. The person who certified its, signature and telephone number as well as your signature must be included.

Written References We will need 2 written references from you, where a person in professional designation (colleague, teacher where you did practical, lecturer) write about your skills as a teacher. These letters must be in English and on a letterhead of the relevant institution. You can fax these written reference letters to us. We’re also going to need 2 references on our letter head. It is just 6 questions that the persons who saw you work with children must fill in. You will not be able to work without this for Classroom. Please let me know if I haven’t sent it to you. Proof of qualification You will not be able to work as a teacher in the UK if we did not receive proof of your qualification! If your degree certificate is not available yet, (most probably) you can ask for a letter of proof from your institution, after your final exam. This letter will have to 31 www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel. 083 44 505 66 gert@classroomteachers.co.za

www.classroomteachers.co.za Tel 083 55 66 1 88 jano@classroomteachers.co.za state that you “met all the requirements” for your degree. A Letter stating that you will receive your degree when you meet the requirements will not suffice unfortunately. Neither will a letter stating that you are currently studying education. Please contact us so that we can refer you to the correct person at your institution who could issue you such a letter. Accommodation Please also read the Info Pack regarding accommodation. This is the easiest thing to organise in London. We can help you with this, and if you indicated that you will need accommodation, we will let you know the details 2 days before your flight. You can alos arrange your own accommodation when you are there, by going to the SA Gemeente in King’s Cross.

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