Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

My Spanish Dream Has Turned into a Tragedy

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

My Spanish Dream Has Turned into a Tragedy

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Being a PE teacher is something I have aspired to since I was five years old. I love immersing myself in new cultures, too. So it made sense to combine my passions by moving to Spain.

I began teaching here with an open mind. I had the idea that I was going to change the educational system, and provide students with more choice, opportunities and a future in a country struggling with an economic crisis.

But now I'm having to ask myself the question: has coming to Spain ruined my career?

After six successful years as a teacher and head of secondary, I was made redundant. So I started at a new school and decided to begin a master's in education to deepen my knowledge. My aim now is to find a job where I can implement these changes.

I have filled out many application forms, only to be left disappointed. The British schools in Spain want someone with fresh UK experience. They have suggested that I return home, update my practice and come back to work for them (no thank you! …

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