Relocation – moving for the right school
We’d like to help you find the perfect job in the perfect school. Unless you’re very lucky, that might not be just down the road. You might find yourself house hunting in the next few months, and here are our tips for successful relocation:
If you’re moving to be close to a new school, think hard about the location. You’ll want to be close, but not too close – perhaps you don’t want to bump into your form more than is absolutely necessary. Talk to teachers at school and find out which areas they recommend. They will also have a view on where to give a wide berth.
The commute is crucial: check the public transport links and how busy the route will be when you’re travelling. The time you spend travelling isn’t necessarily a bad thing – it can punctuate the working day effectively. Done well it can provide time to psych up on the way in and switch off at home time.
Cost of relocation
Inevitably the cost of accommodation will influence where you end up. There are so many variables that you will need to weigh up the factors that are important to you and what you will be prepared to compromise on. Rightmove will provide information on accommodation costs in the area you’re interested in. Local newspapers also feature a property page at least once a week and they will advertise both agency and private lettings. Speak to colleagues at school. The chances are that someone will be looking for a lodger, or know of a flat coming free, or will also be looking to rent in the area. House-sharing is a great way to keep costs low. If there are other new starters, it could be worth joining forces and considering looking for a property to rent together.
You will need to be prepared for relocation – the most significant outlay will be your bond and first month’s rent. When leasing a flat or room in a flat-share bond can be up to 6 weeks rent and on top of that you will probably have to pay up to a month’s rent in advance.
Because of the costs and commitment involved, it’s important that you take some time to research rental properties before signing any rental agreements. Most lettings are long term either six months or one year and most landlord’s will require between one and two month’s rent as deposit and one month’s rent up front so it is important you find a property you know you are going to be happy with.
Unsurprisingly, rental costs in urban locations will be significantly higher than in the country. In England you will also find that the cost of accommodation is more expensive in the South than it is in the Midlands or the North of England, although in recent years this disparity has decreased. London is by far the most expensive part of England to live.
Finding accommodation can be a competitive business – when renting or buying. You can get a lot out of internet research and estate agents’ websites will help you to build up a picture of the type and price of accommodation and an idea of how the market works in your area.
Hourglass Education Consultants keep their ear to the ground. They get to know their schools and the local areas well. Don’t forget to ask for their relocation advice when you’re house hunting. They will be happy to help and might be able to put you in touch with other like-minded teachers.
For more information about NQT opportunities through Hourglass Education, contact Maria Pownall:
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