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1. Posted by jjones42 (Budding Member 9 posts) 6y

I plan to move to the UK to live and work as a primary school teacher in 2012. I always wanted to move to London, however I am constantly being told that it will be too expensive and the students in schools will not be as nice to teach in as some other more country towns further out of the city. So I am looking for a nice place to live that is close to the city, but cheaper to live in. The main issue is the cost. I am only 23 and only just finished uni and have no money so I want an awesome experience at the cheapest price. I want a city with a great night life and somewhere that I am likely to meet new people. Any advice?

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1827 posts) 6y

People in the UK are deserting the teaching profession in droves. Kids run amok, do as they will and the teacher dares to do nothing about them because they know they will not be backed up. Some young thug can make up an allegation that you hit him and you could be suspended for months or longer before a hearing. If a child doesn't attack you (some are rather large and some carry knives), their father might.

To quote one young lady who wanted to get the woman teacher's attention: "Oi, bitch!"

Some inner city schools have so many immigrant kids that many do not speak English, and you may even find it a second language there (I am not joking).

Night life in the British city centres is often peppered with binge drinkers, and statistics say a stranger is assaulted every 30 seconds somewhere in the UK.

I am not saying it is all that bad by any means but am showing you how bad it can be if worst comes to worst. I would give big cities like London, Birmingham and the like a miss.

3. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 6y

Bad news sells, whether it's street violence or unruly classrooms - the reality is you often end up looking for it.
City centres are pretty safe places in general. Smaller provincial towns can be a lot worse for violent behaviour.
Try not to be put off through worrying about something that hasn't even happened. Good luck in your choices.

4. Posted by kithica (Full Member 15 posts) 6y

A friend of mine moved to the UK to be a primary school teacher at about the age you are now. She lived in East Croydon and really liked it. (Although you will find Londoners roll their eyes at the name.) It's a suburb in the south-east. It's not on the tube line, so it's cheaper than most of London, but it's only about 20 minutes away by train. The trains are pretty frequent and they run all night. Croydon has just about everything you want from a town, including cinemas and pubs. And my friend was a substitute teacher there for a couple of years. She had no problems with the kids, but then, she was teaching 4-year-olds.

5. Posted by Craggy (Budding Member 43 posts) 6y

Quoting Cyberia

People in the UK are deserting the teaching profession in droves. Kids run amok, do as they will and the teacher dares to do nothing about them because they know they will not be backed up. Some young thug can make up an allegation that you hit him and you could be suspended for months or longer before a hearing. If a child doesn't attack you (some are rather large and some carry knives), their father might.

To quote one young lady who wanted to get the woman teacher's attention: "Oi, bitch!"

Some inner city schools have so many immigrant kids that many do not speak English, and you may even find it a second language there (I am not joking).

Night life in the British city centres is often peppered with binge drinkers, and statistics say a stranger is assaulted every 30 seconds somewhere in the UK.

I am not saying it is all that bad by any means but am showing you how bad it can be if worst comes to worst. I would give big cities like London, Birmingham and the like a miss.

I'm sorry but this post is so negative you might as well be reading it in the Daily Mail. I admit that everything said here has a element of truth in it, but it misses the big picture by a million miles. There are plenty of decent places to live in the big cities (Birmingham included), and while there are bad schools, there are also good schools. It may take you awhile to find your feet but you'll get there in the end.

6. Posted by jjones42 (Budding Member 9 posts) 6y

Thank you craggy,
I appreciate peole telling my their oppinions but that was pretty negative and kind of made my heart sink. It's always been my dream to move to the UK and teach and travel, and I'm going to do it regardless, I was just after some good places, as being an Aussie, I know nothing about places in the UK. I'm just so excited and want to know everything, so thanks for putting a positive spin on that scary post :)

7. Posted by Craggy (Budding Member 43 posts) 6y

No problem. I'm sure you'll love it here anyway. All the people that I know who have come here from abroad love it, especially London. If you're after a lively city that is close to London try Brighton. It's 50 minutes away on the train and has a great night life, with loads of live music etc. It's also a nice place and is by the sea. I went to Uni there and was really happy with it. I don't know much about the schools though.

I don't know if I can be of any more help but let me know if you have any questions