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gonsdad



Joined: 17 Dec 2012
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:09 am    Post subject: NET Special Allowance Reply with quote

Both my girlfriend and I will have a UK PGCE qualification next year, alongside experience both in our home country and in Japan.

If we were both to get on the NET programme at some point, would we both receive the special allowance even if we were to live together?
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oxi



Joined: 16 Apr 2007
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Location: elsewhere

PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Married couples only get one allowance.

So your friend who happens to be a girl and share a flat with is not a problem. Get my meaning?

I'm not actually sure what the rule is if you 'declare' yourselves together, sorry.
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CEB



Joined: 30 Oct 2013
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you and your girlfriend are on the scheme then you can both collect the special allowance even while living together without a problem. If you are married then it would be fraud and could face some serious consequences if discovered........if you don't want a problem, don't get married.....might avoid a lot of other problems while your at it Laughing
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Joshua2006



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

...you're....
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gonsdad



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok that answers it then. Stay unmarried!

Thanks for all the replies!
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Joshua2006



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Digging the optimism about both of you getting on the NET at the same time...

....sadly, good luck with that.
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fat_chris



Joined: 10 Sep 2003
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joshua2006 wrote:
Digging the optimism about both of you getting on the NET at the same time...

....sadly, good luck with that.


Oh!

Cool

Warm regards,
fat_chris
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Joshua2006



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fat_chris wrote:
Joshua2006 wrote:
Digging the optimism about both of you getting on the NET at the same time...

....sadly, good luck with that.


Oh!

Cool

Warm regards,
fat_chris

2 people with exactly the same qualifications and experience applying at the same time?

If one day ends in 'ay' and the next day ends in 'y', then the EdB will change their requirements to fit accordingly.....

Hence, the 'sadly'....
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gonsdad



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the vote of confidence Joshua, really helpful stuff!

I am well aware the odds are stacked against us getting in at the same time.

With our experience and qualifications there are other options in Hong Kong so NET would likely be a mid-term goal for us after we arrived. If it takes a couple of years / apps and building up experience then that's what it takes.
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toko



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't worry about it too much. My partner and I have the EXACT same quals and experience, down to the almost-exact letters of reference (we met in college and have been working in the same schools/companies for 7+ years). We both got in on the same application cycle.

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With our experience and qualifications there are other options in Hong Kong so NET would likely be a mid-term goal for us after we arrived. If it takes a couple of years / apps and building up experience then that's what it takes.


is the perfect mindset to have! As everyone says, nothing is guaranteed and local experience counts!

Very Happy
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gonsdad



Joined: 17 Dec 2012
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

toko wrote:
Don't worry about it too much. My partner and I have the EXACT same quals and experience, down to the almost-exact letters of reference (we met in college and have been working in the same schools/companies for 7+ years). We both got in on the same application cycle.

However: THIS
Quote:
With our experience and qualifications there are other options in Hong Kong so NET would likely be a mid-term goal for us after we arrived. If it takes a couple of years / apps and building up experience then that's what it takes.


is the perfect mindset to have! As everyone says, nothing is guaranteed and local experience counts!

Very Happy


Good to hear. Fingers crossed we can manage it!
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