Daniel Kelly’s teaching placement was in Slough, approximately 40 minutes west of London. It was at a grammar school that regularly achieved outstanding results and placed very high expectations on its students and staff.
He says that TeachLondon was very supportive, especially with curriculum and behaviour management strategies. But he soon realised that the British national curriculum was very similar to the Australian system and experienced very little difficulty adapting, despite having completed his Graduate Diploma of Education four weeks prior to flying to England.
The school provided him with lots of professional development and he quickly became expert at using interactive whiteboards, teaching to multiple intelligences and extending gifted and talented students.
Keen cyclist Daniel Kelly says that one of the highlights was standing on the Champs Elysees in Paris watching Lance Armstrong win his seventh and final Tour de France. 'We also ticked another box by riding up one of the most famous Alpine ascents in the tour – Alpe D’Huez as well as visiting 10 other countries in Europe and having a blast,’ he says.
Upon returning to Australia it became very clear that schools here valued Daniel’s professional experience in the UK and he was offered several teaching positions.