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Teach in London

So, you’ve decided to explore teaching abroad. First of all, congratulations on taking that first step towards overseas teaching. You’ve probably been considering this decision for a while and are looking for more information. Well, now comes the fun part.

Let’s put your mind at ease because, as daunting as it may seem now, teaching abroad is really not that hard to do. Lucky for you (if you’re from Canada, NZ or Australia) you can get a Youth Mobility Visa pretty easily, which will allow you to work in the UK for 2 years. “What?!” I hear you saying to your computer, “2 years! I can’t live abroad for 2 years!” But you can. And you should. 

Teacher and students in the playground

 Teaching overseas will give you a valuable and incredible teaching experience where you will meet like-minded people. It will give you insight not only into the kind of teacher you want to be, but will add more to your life experience, making you an even better teacher. That may seem like we’re really idealising the experience, but it’s an honest evaluation of working abroad.You learn more about a different school system (and, with it, a few different teaching philosophies and styles), you’ll also be privy to the ins and outs of another culture. 

The honest truth is that teaching abroad will change you and it will make you think about teaching in a whole new light because you’ll have the opportunity to experience teaching from a different cultural point of view. There will be negative aspects to this (such as having to adapt to the system, or learning some new teaching terms), but the positives will far outweigh that. You’ll meet a new group of like-minded professionals, keen to put the pupils first. The pupils of London come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures and you’ll be given the opportunity to learn more about places you may never have heard of.

As a supply teacher or teaching assistant, you’ll also have the ability to move from school to school, testing the waters in different communities and types of schools, helping you to prepare yourself for settling into that perfect niche you’ve been looking for in schools back home. Teaching is a transferable career, and what you learn here in the UK you can easily pack away into your laptop or suitcase and return home more aware of what you want out of a teaching career.  

Trainee teachers in London

And after work? Prepare yourself because you’ll be in one of the greatest cities in the world, right on Europe’s doorstep. London’s got everything on offer, from free museums to pubs to art galleries to a variety of markets to concerts. You could easily fill your weekends exploring the city. You could take a train from any of London’s major stations out into the countryside or further on to Europe. Both primary and secondary schools in London take regular long-term breaks throughout the school year, allowing you time to explore Europe properly.  London’s four major airports offer an air hub, King’s Cross and St. Pancras stations offer the Eurostar, and the ferry to France leaves from Dover, one-and-a-half hours from London by train. With all of these ties, there are plenty of cheap deals and companies that offer regular tours to the continent. 

So what are you waiting for? Speak to one of our overseas consultants today and start your research into which part of London you’d like to be living. Most of all, embrace it so you can enjoy it. London’s calling!