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Five reasons to build your teaching career in Thurrock

Just south of Essex, on the bank of the River Thames, lies Thurrock, a place that hosts a thriving shopping scene, plenty of choices for entertainment and a wealth of sport and fitness facilities. To top it off, all this is surrounded by acres of parks, countryside and heritage sites. Now that’s a lot to be proud of!

But that’s not all, Thurrock is also a fantastic place to build your teaching career. Don’t believe us? Check out our list below and watch us prove you wrong! 

So, without further ado, here’s five of the best reasons why you should start or develop your teaching career in Thurrock.

  1. Jobs

Did you know, Thurrock is working towards a future where every resident has a job with 24,500 new jobs planned for the next 20 years? In order to facilitate this plan, it is no secret that new schools will be needed. In fact, there are already three new schools currently being built in the borough, who will all be looking to recruit over the next few years… This development will ensure Thurrock’s success for years to come and will establish the borough as a place of opportunity, enterprise and excellence. Sound like something you would like to be part of? Our dedicated recruitment page keeps you updated with all the latest vacancies and will even give you alerts if you sign up! You can find our current jobs page here.

  1. Training opportunities

Thurrock is a fantastic place to train, especially if you are thinking of becoming a qualified teacher! We offer a range of options such as School Centred Initial Teacher Training, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and even Certificate in Education (Cert. Ed.) for those who don’t have a degree. If you are already a teacher, the support we give existing teachers through NQTS is a source of pride for Thurrock. We have developed a partnership with the highly respected Institute of Education to deliver a range of bespoke Thurrock leadership programmes. These include NQT +1, Early Leadership, Developing Middle Leaders, and Widening Leadership for more experienced members of staff.

  1. Housing

As part of Thurrock’s £6.6 billion investment, an estimated 14,000 new affordable homes will be built over the next 10 years, making Thurrock an excellent place to buy your first home! Average house prices throughout Thurrock are significantly lower and more affordable than those in nearby London. The average house price in Thurrock was reported by This is Money in 2016 at £192,576. Compare these figures to London where the average house price is an eyewatering £531,000! House values have been consistently rising in Thurrock with a 15.1% increase last year so there is no better time to come and take a look around!  

  1. Transport

Being both on the river and close to London, Thurrock is served by excellent connections making commuting to work and travelling the country both quick and easy. Thurrock’s direct link with the M25 connects you effortlessly to anywhere in the country, without the threat of long country roads. Furthermore, for those of you who like to travel by train, you can get to London in just 35 minutes! Also, the Ebbsfleet Eurostar terminal is a 25-minute drive away, making that long needed weekend getaways much more achievable and affordable.

  1. Schools

Last but certainly not least, is the fantastic range of schools available here. Earlier in the year we reported that according to the Real Schools Guide, three Thurrock schools were included in the top 10 out of the whole of Essex! That is hardly surprising since 80% of schools are good or outstanding in the borough. Also, £100 million is set aside to be invested in Thurrock’s schools so imagine what that figure could be once all that money has been invested too!


Does Thurrock sound like the place for you? If YES, check out the latest vacancies here.