THE National Union of Teachers (NUT) is holding its second annual welcome event for Irish students and teachers in London today, October 14.
The event, being held at Mander Hall, Hamilton House, is primarily to provide information to those new to the English capital and cover topics relevant to the profession.
These will include what it’s like to teach in London - the good, the bad and the ugly; how to surviving in the city – housing and accommodation; employment – pay and prospects in teaching; getting involved in London life and the NUT.
National Executive member Dominic Byrne said: "We want to encourage as many young Irish teachers and students as possible to enjoy life in London, whilst ensuring that they are treated properly in the workplace and that they establish good support systems.
"Our Irish network can help with that peer to peer support. For many it will be their first time living away from home and that can be a lonely time.
"Of course we also want to celebrate the contribution that Irish teachers have made to the children in London through their teaching, and the contribution they have made to the NUT as members.
"All Irish teachers and those of Irish heritage are welcome at our event."
David Wilson, Head of Organising, added: ‘Teaching is a fantastic vocation, and it is vital that, as professionals, we ensure our voices are heard in school and beyond.
"Being part of the NUT means you are part of the biggest and most effective teachers union in Europe. Whether you want advice or to join in a campaign, the NUT is the place for all teachers.
The NUT is its members – so please enjoy the welcome event, and get involved."
This evening's event starts at 6pm at Mabeldon Place, London WC1H 9BD with music from the Irish Coalminers.