Is teaching in the UK right for me?
Is teaching in the UK right for me?
Here are some questions to ask yourself before you take the leap!
Are you looking for a challenge?
Teaching in the UK is not unlike teaching in Australia, Canada or New Zealand but starting a new job in a new country will always be a bit stressful to start with.
You’ll have to learn the lingo, get to know your new school’s way of operating, and build relationships with your pupils ( that’s what they call students there) and colleagues.
The good news is that we are really well received in British schools because of our skills and experience from home. We are regarded as hard-working and well-trained teachers and we’re able to adapt and become part of the school community quickly and easily.. If you are up for a challenge, you will not only survive but thrive in UK schools and there are lots of opportunities to develop and progress in the British education system.
Our job is to help you find a supportive school, secure you an in-school Mentor and make sure you hit the ground running.
Are you willing to down-size your living quarters?
Unless you are coming from Hong-Kong or other highly populated cities, you might be initially a little underwhelmed by the size of your flat in the UK. Homes are generally smaller (especially in central London) than at home. Many homes are 100’s of years old, so en suites and media rooms are definitely not a thing!
We often suggest teachers consider living outside of the capital so they can enjoy cheaper and larger places to live. We have lots of opportunities in schools across the Home Counties that surround London, which are very popular with teachers who want a good school and a higher standard of living. Transport is still good and they are still close to airports.
Are you looking to get rich teaching in the UK?
If the answer is yes, teaching in the UK is probably not for you.
You are paid the same as a British-trained teacher in the UK, but with the pound being low against the dollar you will earn a little less than you do in Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. It is more than enough for teachers to live and travel on but not enough to save substantial amounts for when you come home. The cost of living is substantially cheaper in the UK.
If you see traveling and teaching in the UK as an opportunity where you will be richer in experience but not in money, then the UK is for you.
Do you love travel?
If you are itching to see the world and explore lots of amazing cultures and try incredible food, teaching in the UK is for you.
With the UK being on Europe’s doorstep and having the ability to travel for 13 weeks a year means you can explore the world while over in the UK.
The US, Canada, Middle East, Scandinavia, and Africa are also so much closer if you are an Aussie or Kiwi teacher and you can pick up some great travel deals year-round.
All public holidays in the UK fall on a Monday and are called Bank Holidays, so there are lots of mini-break opportunities available too!
Can you handle the dark?
Canadians will be ok with short days but Aussie and NZ teachers will be less familiar with the very short days in the middle of the British winter and that you may find yourself heading home from school in the dark.
On the flip side, you will enjoy really long days and nights over summer and people flock to the pubs or parks to soak up the sun during these warm evenings.
Do you want to extend your friendship group?
When you head to the UK through Teach in, you’ll be connected with other local and international teachers and become part of our community of traveling teachers and many of them will become a long-lasting fixtures in your life.
The friends you make when you travel are pretty special. When you move away from your home and start a new life (even if it is just for a year or two) you can’t help but expand your social circle and make friends that last a lifetime.
So is teaching in the UK right for you?
If you are up for it, it really will be the trip of a lifetime and the Youth Mobility Scheme Visa is available to Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian teachers aged 18-30 who want to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years- so we recommend you do it while you can!
If you want to talk to us about your UK teaching adventure and find out how we can help you make it happen, click here.
We’ll even help you cover the cost of your flight over, when you secure a job!
Here are some teachers talking about their experience in the UK!