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TEFL Teaching in London over Summer

By Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and director at TEFL Jobs London

TEFL Teaching in London over Summer

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Summer is the busiest time for English language schools in London, with many schools taking on two, three or four times their average student numbers. This often requires language schools to hire out additional buildings from schools and universities nearby in order to have enough classroom space. The additional students are mainly from Europe, keen to improve their English while they are away from work or university during the summer holidays. The summer also sees a higher proportion of young learners in London than throughout the rest of the year.

Of course this huge increase in student numbers means most language schools require additional staff in July and August. Schools try to mitigate this in part by discouraging regular staff from taking holidays in July and August, and some regular teachers may have contracts that forbid them from being away during this time. However many schools still have to almost double their teacher numbers over the summer. They will typically offer summer teachers an 8 week contract from the beginning of July until the end of August. Summer teachers are usually given general English classes from pre to upper intermediate levels or may be asked to teach young learners classes. Morning classes are more common, with 9am-1pm Monday-Friday being a typical week. Teachers may also be asked to teach special classes or go on excursions with students in the afternoons. Summer teachers are generally paid by the hour, and usually work 20-35 hours per week. Hourly rates are roughly between £14-£18 per hour, but can be higher for 1-to-1 and special classes.

The summer is a great time for newly qualified teachers to get some experience under their belt. If you have a degree plus CELTA or Trinity TESOL you will be eligible to apply for work. Throughout the rest of the year it can be much harder for new teachers as many schools are only interested in teachers with at least 2 years experience. Additionally a summer contract can be a good stepping stone to finding work abroad or landing a permanent position at the school. Teachers who have done well over the summer may well be encouraged to stay on. London is not the only place offering summer school jobs. The UK in general is a great place for teachers to find TEFL work over the summer.

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