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Supply Teaching - Country vs. City?

Sarah is an Australian-trained Primary and Secondary teacher working as a supply teacher in London schools through Protocol Education. Today Sarah debates the pros and cons of teaching in rural England as opposed to a big city. 

Supply Teaching - Country vs. City?

Having moved from the other side of the world and never set foot in the UK, it was difficult choosing a town to live in. Everyone is naturally drawn to London as it’s widely advertised appeal is undeniable. England, however, is so immensely diverse despite its small geographic area. People who live 100km away from each other have different accents and different ways of living.

When I first came to the UK I taught in a long term contract in a semi-rural town. Now I'm doing supply in London and I want to present to you the pros and cons of rural vs. city work.

I'm definitely glad I worked rurally when I first came to the UK! I don't think I would have stayed as long as I have if I hadn't. Working in a rural area is a lot cheaper than working in the city. Rent is cheaper, general living expenses are cheaper and it makes saving to travel around Europe easier. Of course there are generally fewer schools in rural areas but you definitely have a great support network of teachers to help you and will soon find a close knit friendship group. These sorts of things can be vital for those who travel from their home countries, often alone, to a foreign land. It's also easy to access cities on the weekend to do any shopping or adventures to be had. I highly recommend doing rural work if you can. You will definitely experience a different side to England or the UK.

Now, when working in London, budgeting becomes a sport. The fine balance between income and spending becomes blurred. However, the accessibility to various schools is beneficial. It can be hit and miss with some schools but then there are so many schools you can afford to choose those that suit you. The transport system is fantastic!! It doesn't matter where you want to go; there is always a bus or train that will deliver you within walking distance. There is an unimaginable amount of activities that you can do after work and on the weekends (likely contributing to my credit and debit battle). The students are definitely different inside London than they are outside of London. Again depending on schools, I find that the behaviour challenges are greater in London but there are support networks available to help you.

There will always be pros and cons to teaching in a city vs. rural England. In the end you need to know that there are many, many more schools out there so don’t settle until you find what's right for you! What about other readers out there. Country or city?

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Related Blogs:

Supply Survival Tips: No Lesson Plans also by Sarah 

UK Lesson Plans: Work with What You are Given by Kirstie

Tags: SarahH, Supply Teacher, Teach in the UK, City vs Country, Primary, Secondary, Protocol Education

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