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Kipling



Joined: 13 Mar 2009
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 12:13 pm    Post subject: London Schools to avoid??? Reply with quote

Hi Everyone.
I may very well be returning to central London after a long absence abroad and wondered which schools I should avoid and which IYHO are the best schools to work for full time/part time (including Uni's)

Yours, Mr K Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Persuasion



Joined: 16 Sep 2009
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Location: East of Acton

PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hate to disappoint you, Kipling, but there are almost no good schools left in London now. Many of those that were once regarded as 'cool' (IH, St Giles, etc) are now scraping the barrel management-wise, and pay crap wages with little hope of a proper contract. Some of these so-called schools are actually offering hourly rates that are BELOW those I was getting in London in 1999!

If you have the right qualifications and experience, you could approach one of the agencies that recruiit hourly-paid teachers for FE colleges and the like, but even here the pickings can be slim.

Quite simply, if you enjoy your teaching, get out of the private schools' Tefl nightmare and become a proper teacher - do a PGCE, in other words. If you're not keen on teaching, find another job - it shouldn't be difficult to find something (anything!) that pays better than, for example, the nightmarish Malvern house (nine quid an hour - 270 quid a week?!?!)

But good luck, and let us know how you get on. If you have any more questions, just ask .

Oh, and you'll probably find some of the worst EFL schools listed on one of these two blogs...

http://teflblacklist.blogspot.com

http://ukteflblacklist.blogspot.com
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coledavis



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If one ignores the pay (as practically everywhere pays awfully), then I would see if Edwards Language School in Ealing, west London, is recruiting. It's a nice place to work, with continuity in the teaching staff. If I wasn't out in Belarus, I'd go back there.
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Dangermouse69



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Persuasion wrote:
Many of those that were once regarded as 'cool' (IH, St Giles, etc) are now scraping the barrel management-wise,


What do you mean by 'scraping the barrel management-wise' and what effect does this have on the teachers? What happened for the former 'cream' of management?
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aliasrachel



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I briefly worked for St. Giles London and absolutely hated it. This was back in the early 2000s, and I'm certain is has got even worse in the past ten + years. Horrible pay, awful management, no loyalty or respect for their teachers (we were required to be 'on call' one hour per day in case someone called in sick but were not paid for this time unless we taught). Avoid at all costs.
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