What’s So Great About a Teaching Job in London?

Posted By: Bradley Palmer
What’s So Great About a Teaching Job in London?

The capital really is a great base for a career in education

Because we’ve been based in London ever since we were established here 15 years ago, we’re obviously somewhat biased – especially since we’ve spent all that time developing mutually beneficial working relationships with so many London schools, colleges, and borough education authorities… Biased or not, though, in our view you won’t find many better places in which to begin or to develop your career, whether you’re a seasoned professional, have just achieved QTS or perhaps are on your teacher apprenticeship.  So, here are just some of the many reasons why a teaching job in London has so much to offer.

A global centre of excellence in education

According to no less an institution than Times Higher Education, the world’s top university city is London! The UK capital takes joint first place alongside Boston, USA with six prestigious universities: Imperial College London, Queen Mary University of London, King’s College London, London School of Economics, University of London, Royal Holloway and UCL. Add to that an extraordinary number and variety of schools, and you have endless scope for challenge and advancement, no matter what area of education you’re interested in.

High quality resources

It’s not just The Times that rates London’s educational establishments highly. It is broadly accepted that the capital has some of the world’s best schools – and that’s backed up by the fact that more than 90% of London schools have been rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. London has far more than that to offer educators, though. The capital’s wealth of world-class museums, art galleries, libraries and historic sights and monuments provide us (and our students) with a magnificent educational resource that’s second-to-none and, better still, almost entirely free of charge. 

A cultural hothouse

With more than 300 languages spoken, London’s thrilling kaleidoscope of cultures is an educational resource in itself. It presents opportunities for young people to grow up among and lean about other cultures — and it also provides a challenge for teachers with pupils for whom English is a second language.

Quality and variety of life

Of course, it’s not all about the work. Working in education is as challenging as it’s rewarding – so achieving the right work-life balance is vital. And London makes that easy, because the opportunities for rest and play here are like nowhere else. As well as all the sights, museums, and galleries we mentioned above, you’ve got unbeatable theatres, live music, nightlife, and restaurant scenes and, of course, amazing pubs. And in case that sounds a bit tiring – don’t worry, all that hustle, bustle and 24-hour buzz is more than offset by the peace and quiet of some vast and wonderful parks. In fact, you’re almost always within walking distance of green space no matter where in London you wander. 

Talk to the team about your life and work in London

At Teach Now, we’re much more than education recruitment specialists – we believe in listening carefully to our candidates’ needs, interests, and aspirations and in nurturing their careers. And if anyone knows about life in London in the education sector, it’s the Teach Now team. So why not get in touch to talk about the huge variety of ways in which London is the ideal setting for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in education.