Coming to teach in England is a significant decision, especially when starting your professional teaching career. You will have to deal with various challenges and obstacles along that path including a new lifestyle, education system, and the transition from the established to the unknown. These various challenges, both professional and personal, will be challenging but Aurelia Education was supportive and helpful through it all.
I never imagined that I would be working as a teacher a continent away from home; even now the entire experience has been a surreal one and something that I would take with me forever. My decision to embark on this experience was one left nearly to the last minute but Aurelia had been nothing but accommodating to my needs and circumstances; they made the effort to help me readjust my life to prepare for the journey.
Aurelia Education helped make my transition to the U.K. from Canada much easier. They helped me with the visa process and all other documentation needed to get to the U.K and answered every question I had about paperwork. Lauren made time to chat whenever I had any questions, concerns or worries.
I originally found Aurelia through a friend who came over to teach a year before I did. I was drawn to this company over others because of her great experience, and the fact that Aurelia is a lot smaller than most and therefore there is a greater feeling of community.
When I was in my last year of university I was really unsure of what direction my life and career was going to go in. By chance I happened upon Aurelia’s presentation about teaching in the UK. Right away I felt like family. Aurelia was a company who knew and cared about the teachers who worked for them. They talked a lot about their Canadian community overseas and the ability to travel, which really appealed to me.
The decision to move to the Uk to teach was an extremely difficult one for me. At school I was bombarded with different agencies for UK teaching, as well as debating whether or not to teach at an international school. I went to countless presentations and meetings trying to find the right fit. When I went to Aurelia’s presentation something just felt right.
I can barely believe that I have now been living and working in the UK for two years! I have been able to experience so much since moving here and tick off quite a few places I have always wanted to see, plus ones I didn’t even know I wanted to. Lauren and Julie were able to put me at ease by quickly providing me with well-informed answers and connecting me with people already in the UK that made me feel confident in my choice.
After feeling discouraged that I probably wouldn’t be able to get a job in Ontario straight after Teachers College (I don’t speak French), I decided to look into teaching internationally. This, as it turns out, was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. From the start, Aurelia felt like a family. My thoughts and feelings were always put first, and I always felt supported.
I originally came to the UK to do my teacher's training. After falling in love with the UK I decided to stay and work here and Aurelia made that possible. Aurelia supported me every step of the way, from picking what location in the UK fit my goals and aspirations through the Visa process and then settling into my new home. I can happily say I'm going on to my third year teaching in the UK and I don't think I would have had such a positive and stress-free experience if it wasn't for Aurelia.
When deciding to make the transition from my teacher training in Wales, to becoming a newly qualified teacher in the United Kingdom, Aurelia was my first point of contact I used to find a teaching position. After meeting Julie and having a few conversations with her, she recommended a role in London, England.
I came to England to teach after teaching for a year in Turkey. I chose to leave Turkey due to safety concerns, which meant I had to break my contract and sacrifice a reference. Julie was willing to take me on and was able to find me a position.
During my last year of my BEd my partner Erin and I decided we were interested in moving overseas to work and travel for a few years - but even then were uncertain where or how we were going to go about it all. Aurelia amongst many other teacher recruitment agencies visited my school presenting their offers throughout the year. Eventually, based on the presentations, my partner and I decided England was our best bet in getting suitable jobs and opportunities to travel, with the pound being what it was.
Hi, my name’s Lindsay. I started working in the UK September after completing my teaching degree at Queens University. Now I am a teacher in Year 7 and 8 Core (humanities) and English in Bradford. After researching what felt like hundreds of agency website, going to the countless university talks, and all the job fairs aimed towards teaching abroad in the UK, I made my decision to work with Aurelia. This is a decision that I have never regretted and will be forever happy I made.
I chose Aurelia because, compared to other recruitment agencies, it seemed more personal and approachable. Turns out, my initial impression was correct. From the get go, Julie and Lauren have been quick to offer advice, answer questions, and to take an interest in my life. They took the time to get to know me as a person and even matched me with a flat mate, another teacher, who they knew to have similar interests.
Hi everyone! My name is Logan and I'm from Southern Alberta. I recently went galavanting in England for 5 weeks and had the opportunity to check out my future school while I was there! I just wanted to give a shout out to Julie, who graciously took me in when I was beyond stressed (apparently it still can happen when you're on holiday), lifted my spirits, and made me beyond excited and confident about the next few years of my career.
My name is Liz and I worked for 2 years in a secondary school in West Yorkshire through Aurelia Education. Not only did I gain much needed experience and confidence in teaching, I also had the opportunity to participate in professional development and training, both through Aurelia and my school, and to travel throughout Europe.
My name is Erica and I spent two unforgettable years in England with Aurelia Education! Since teachers college, I wanted to travel the world and use teaching to do so. I didn't know which country I wanted to start with but I was quickly drawn to Aurelia through Julie's helpful and beyond caring personality.
My name is Francesca Cacchione and I have taught Nursery in Bradford for the past two years. Julie, from Aurelia Education, helped me find my job. I knew I wanted to teach abroad after I graduated from the B.Ed Program at Mount Saint Vincent University, but I wasn't sure where I wanted to teach. There are so many options available and I thought my decision would be very difficult.
My name is Brianne Dupuis and I have just completed 2 years teaching Year 3 in Bradford. I completed my teacher training in Scotland and knew I wasn't done traveling or living abroad! Aurelia was a great company to support me in my move to England.
As the plane descended into the airport my stomach was filled with knots. The constant thought of "Am I making a mistake?" kept flashing through my mind like a neon light. But with my parents sat beside me I couldn't help but pretend to be strong. Little did I know that I would not have to pretend for long. My very first 24 hours in Bradford was filled with meeting new Canadians, flat viewings and seeing all the best spots that the city had to offer!
Looking to teach in England? Aurelia is the agency you want to be a part of. Before making the decision to move to England, I was approached by many UK agencies, but Aurelia stuck out among them for the level of commitment that was made to make sure that I was looked after as an individual - before and after arrival.
I am currently teaching History at a Secondary school in the UK. Last year I was taking my Teachers College course and was put in contact with Julie and I can honestly say that this was my best choice yet. Julie has been attentive, caring, honest and overall amazing throughout this whole experience. My friend Jenna Moorhead and I were coming as a package deal and Julie took this very seriously when she was finding jobs for us.
I am currently a reception teacher in West Yorkshire, England. I graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Education focusing in Elementary Education. I began looking into teaching in the UK in the fall of 2014. I visited many presentations and was, to be honest, very unsure of Aurelia.
I first heard about Aurelia Education via Queen’s where we were introduced to a number of UK teaching agencies. I signed up for all of the webinars and information sessions with the all of companies. I liked the way that Aurelia made the effort to speak to me on an individual basis and get to know me not only as a teacher but as a person.
Coming to teach in England is a huge decision. You will have to deal with many different challenges along that path, and, as a result, choosing the right company to bring you over is so important. On the way to the classroom you will face obstacles both personal and professional. When I came over, I struggled with accommodation, adjusting to a new country, and adapting to a new and often confusing school system.
Aurelia has gone above and beyond their role as a recruiter from day one. They made the transition to life in the UK an easy process and were always there to answer any questions I had along the way. Julie set up a company that felt more like a family and gave me a sense of belonging amongst a really great group of Canadians.
The first time I heard Julie’s voice on the phone, I knew I was in safe hands. I completed my undergraduate degree at Western University and then when on to get my teaching degree.My first teaching position was at a small one form entry school just outside of Bradford city centre. Unfortunately, around November the school realized that they did not have the facilities to support me as an NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher). Julie stepped in and was able to find me a new position in a two-form all through school. In this role, I have been able to work towards my full registration.
This is my second year teaching in England and I have worked with various recruitment agencies across the UK. I came across Aurelia Education by chance when I was searching for jobs through the University Faculty of Education website. I sent an email to Aurelia inquiring about music teaching opportunities in Leeds which is where I have already spent a year.
I first came to teach in England with a different company. All sorts of promises were made prior to my arrival in the UK, but once I found myself in England, the promises weren’t kept and I just didn’t feel like they were looking out for my best interests.
I am currently working as a Year 7 and 8 core teacher. I manage the transition from Primary to Secondary school by creating consistency and being a familiar face in a new environment. I completed the 5 year Queen-Trent Concurrent Education program.
Aurelia Education is more than a company, it's a family. We have been in constant contact from the moment my boyfriend and I applied for the jobs back in Canada. Unlike other hiring companies I've heard of, Aurelia has been walking with us through the adventure. Aurelia has helped us Canadians stick together, and they have gone above and beyond to help us feel at home in the UK.
I am currently teaching intermediate/senior science in Kent, UK. I have completed my Graduate Diploma in Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia and completed my undergraduate in Science with a major in Biology at Brock University in Canada.