14th July 2021
England is a modern, vibrant country with a world-class education system and it’s always had great appeal for Australian teachers looking to gain experience teaching abroad. The similarities between the Australian and English school system makes it an obvious choice. Teachers who do make the move chose England because of its of rich heritage, historical cities, temperate climate and great opportunities for qualified teachers in outstanding independent and state schools.
There are some fantastic cities and regions in the UK that many of our previous Australian teachers have permanently settled in. Although London is the obvious choice, as the culturally diverse and sprawling capital, many teachers chose to travel further North to cities like Liverpool and Leeds, with exciting live music scenes, highly-rated schools and beautiful, easily accessible surrounding countryside.
Here’s our guide to three of the top places to teach in the UK – but there’s plenty more for you to explore. Try out our LIVE vacancies map and explore the whole of the UK and all of the fantastic places you could live if you came to teach in the UK.
Set across the River Thames, London is already home to over 200,000 Australians. London has approximately 3000+ independent, private and state schools and is home to some of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Find out more about working in Private Schools in the UK.
London is a the largest city in the UK and has hundreds of world-class restaurants, venues and cultural attractions, it’s an incredibly vibrant, exciting city to both visit and live with plenty of famous landmarks to take in too!
London is a fantastic transport hub too, with lots of options for travelling across the city from trams, to river taxis, the Underground (London’s subway system) and pay as you go bikes and e-scooters. Accommodation prices in London can range from reasonable cheap in shared teacher accommodation to on the higher side for private rentals – property prices are high in most areas of the capital but there are some hidden gems. Try Horsham, Haringey or Wandsworth.
From the tip of Cornwall to the edges of Essex, there are some beautiful seaside towns and cities that will appeal to Australians looking for a taste of English country life in the South of England. The South of England is home to the beautiful New Forest, magnificent Stongehenge, wild Dartmoor, the Jurassic Coast, hundreds of miles of blue-flag beaches and plenty of history and natural wonders to explore. You might choose to teach in Brighton or bohemian Bath, where there are large Australian communities living and working, or look at some of the great schools in Poole or Devon. Life in southern England tends to have a slower pace than in the big cities!
Making a home in the North West gives you access to many of England’s best attractions and places of interest. From the beautiful lakes and mountains of the Lake District to fantastic diverse urban centres like Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool. You’ll find both the cost of living and of accommodation much cheaper in the North of England, house prices drop the further north from London that you go. Many of our favourite cities in this region have bohemian creative communities, fantastic bars and restaurants and wonderful countryside right on the doorstep.
Whether you want to teach in the UK because of the great opportunities on offer for overseas teachers, or you want to explore all the wonderful and diverse countryside and landscapes that the UK has to offer, we are perfectly placed to make your teaching and travelling dreams a reality. We’ve got local offices in London, Leeds and Brighton and work with wonderful schools across the UK who are keen to hire great Australian teachers.
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