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Supply Teaching in East London

26/10/17

London is one of the best cities in the world. I was nervous about starting a new chapter in my life when I came to London but the Protocol staff was so helpful, genuine, and friendly that I felt like I had a true support system and friends right from the get go. When I was deciding where to head to in London I was always told to go live in the ‘normal’ places that everyone knows of in South and West London. I lived for a short time in South London but I didn’t enjoy the schools as much and there wasn’t nearly as much work because everyone lives in the same areas. The Protocol team told me that East London team was looking for more teachers in the area and I jumped on it. I found a cute quiet and safe borough in the heart of East London, Waltham Forest, in a little place called Leytonstone on Central line; which runs all night at the weekends and will be very important if you ever decide to venture out. Many had told me that East London was rough and that the Leyton/Leytonstone area was not the best area but they couldn’t have been more wrong. The people were friendly, my neighbours were lovely, and the schools were great! They also have the best nightlife and food, so really what’s not to love?

The East London team immediately made me feel welcome and showered me with emails and phone calls introducing themselves so we could get to know each other for them to be able to find schools in the area that would suit us best. The team in East London holds different social activities with and without the other branches which are so much fun! The team really goes out of their way to make you feel so good about being with them and to make sure you are having a good time. I worked mostly in Waltham Forest, Barking, Dagenham, and Redbridge areas. Obviously there are going to be challenges everywhere you work especially as a supply teacher, but I was quickly matched with schools by the East London team that would suit me and I very quickly became booked out all the time. I was rarely at a new school after my initial first couple months in London but when I was, the team would call to see how I enjoyed the school, the area, and if I would like to go back to that area and school in the future. The answer was usually always a resounding ‘YES!’ I had my favourite schools and I stuck with them throughout the year and made some really great friends and had many new and wonderful experiences.

I still talk about living and working in East London and miss it terribly. I rave to the new teachers who ask me about it and my first suggestion is to head for East London and eat all the food. I would highly recommend to anyone considering even thinking about teaching abroad to come to London and check out Protocol Education. If I were ever to come back to London, to teach again, they would be my first call. I would love to work with them again as they made my experience in London such a positive one!

- Stephanie

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