Canadian teachers know that there are plenty of job opportunities in London, but that's not the only reason they teach there. They also go for the 13 weeks of holidays spread throughout the year.
The school holidays are different for each borough, but they all follow a general pattern. Here's how I break it down for our teachers:
Sept. 1st - mid October = Autumn 1st Half Term
mid-October = 1 week break, called "Half term break"
mid-October - December 22nd (ish) = Autumn 2nd Half Term
December 22nd(ish) - January 5th (ish) = Winter holidays for 2 weeks
January 5th (ish) - mid-February = Winter 1st Half Term
mid-February = 1 week break, again "Half term break"
mid-February to April (Easter) = Winter 2nd Half Term
Easter Break = 2 weeks
May - mid-June = Spring 1st Half Term
mid-June = 1 week break, another "Half Term Break"
mid-June - July 22nd (ish) = Spring 2nd Half Term
July 22nd (ish) to Sept. 1st (ish) = Summer holidays for 6 weeks
Your school will give you specific dates, but this is a good guide to follow. Some schools and LEA's (Local Education Authority) will arrange their school holidays around Muslim holidays depending on the size of the Muslim population.
You can see the Islington term dates here. There are 33 LEAs in London, so it would take quite a while to get exact term dates for every LEA. Islington is a large North London borough and a good place for you to start.
There are always 195 teaching days in the year. If you expect to make 115-125 pounds/day (a good starting rate for a Canadian teacher with no UK experience), you just take that number and multiply it by 195. That will give you a salary of 22, 000 - 24 000 pounds (approximately).
Some Canadian teachers make more, but this all depends on the contract and your experience level. Keep in mind that you will pay about 22% in taxes in the UK as well, but you won't be double-taxed in Canada.
To work out what your Canadian salary will be, go to this site and type in your figures. You should expect to make more than you would in Canada, and the cost of living needs to be taken into account. If you're concerned about money, you should get a copy of Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians. You'll learn everything you need to know about living & teaching in London, England.
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