One in every 17 secondary teachers in Australian schools is British born

Australian seems to have watered down all the factors that lessen a teacher’s efficiency, consequently teachers all over the world are now eyeing Australia as a most-favored teaching destination. Teachers trained in the United Kingdom are also attracted and flocking to Australia. Better compensation, socially competent students, less emphasis on collecting meaningless data and the joys of long-service leave are amongst the benefits which catch their attention.

Roughly one in 17 Australian secondary teachers is now British born, as is one in every 20 primary teachers, with science, maths and language teachers in particular demand.

Figures from the latest Australian Council for Educational Research's Staff in Australian Schools (SiAS) report reveals that UK-born teachers are the largest national group after Australian-born teachers, making up 5 per cent of all primary teachers and 6 per cent of secondary teachers.

In what looks like a mutually convenient arrangement, the northern hemisphere teachers (many of them young) get to move to Australia and local schools have access to a pool of English-speaking teachers to fill shortages here.

Annulling widespread notion of low teacher salaries in Australia, teachers migrating from the UK are partly drawn by higher pay. As compared to just $51,575 in the UK, the average starting wage for a new teacher is $61,182.

However, pay rise is a huge incentive, but not a sole reason why they prefer teaching in Australia. Many teachers describe professional conditions in Australia better as compared to UK. More non-contact periods during the school day are added fillip.

In the UK, teachers had more classes and more lessons, yet less allocated time for preparation, planning and marking. Secondly, small sizes of classes enable teachers to devote more time on each student.

The SiAS report reveals the average primary school class size in Australia is 24.5 pupils, compared to an average of 26.9 in the UK. Similarly, the average Australian secondary school class size is 19.3, compared to 20.1 in the UK.