The Life of Teaching takes England…
The Life of Teaching takes England!
“BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED”
I never thought after completing my NQT I would be writing a blog for the world to read. If this is not a prime example of the opportunities many teachers have to develop skills as professionals and most importantly find independence after university, then I just do not know!
Some of you reading this may be wondering what it is like teaching in England – and I want to share my experience with you to date. However, huge disclaimer experiences vary for each person and this is so important to note. I heard so many ‘overworked’ and behavioural issue stories but this is all dependent on what school is right for you.
IT ALL CAME TOGETHER…
How long did it take you to settle in? Honestly it feels like a blink of an eye that I made the move to England. However, even though it was around three years ago I truly have developed so much as an individual. I cannot imagine moving back to Northern Ireland to teach anytime soon. England to me has so much to offer for career development, with so many amazing opportunities. I truly feel settled.
“Let’s just say I still fly home to get my hair cut”
Living in the South of England has truly made me appreciate the cheap cost of living in Northern Ireland. EVERYTHING seems much more expensive: rent, food, transport…let us just say I still fly home to get my haircut LOL (I want to ensure my blogs are honest and truthful). During my NQT I felt I was still living like a student, living from pay cheque to pay cheque. However, going into my second year of teaching I had finally been able to begin to save. The opportunity for growth and moving up the pay scale has made a big difference to my way of living. It really is true that hard work does pay off. I guess this is another benefit of teaching in England – promotion is much more accessible.
I have been very fortunate to be placed in two very good schools in the South of England since moving from Northern Ireland. My advice for anyone thinking of moving is do your research on the school and area you are moving to, explore what best suits your lifestyle, hobbies and interests. My current school is HUGE – 2000 students, I do miss the smaller community schools – but that’s just me.
Before I bore you anymore, that is a wrap. I hope it has allowed you to begin to think about the possibilities of teaching in the UK, and that it was an insightful, true read. From moving to teach in England, I have truly found a new confidence in my purpose and a very handsome English man!
Thank you for reading, I would love to hear your thoughts on the blog, and if you have any questions or areas you would like me to talk about in my next blog with Aquinas Education please get in touch @thelifeofteaching_.
Remember, every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams or wake up and chase them.