Why Lambeth?

If you’re a teacher looking to start your career in London as an NQT, or if you’re a qualified teacher looking for a new role in London, you’ll have the choice of many excellent schools in well run boroughs with supportive education authorities.

So why choose Lambeth?

The simple answer is that Lambeth is unique.

As a teacher you'll be hoping to find a position where you can be the best teacher that you can be, where you can bring real inspiration, change and success to the lives of the children you teach and where you’ll get the continuing professional development and training that will ensure both of those things.

Lambeth is able to provide that level of job satisfaction and the opportunity to be part of an ever improving education system which is one of London's education success stories.

Lambeth is ranked third out of 152 local authorities across the UK in terms of expected development for primary level Maths (with similar standards in English and other subjects) and is ranked fourth out of 33 London boroughs in terms of overall Ofsted performance.

Lambeth is a borough where there is visible momentum in improving standards in all schools and that feeds a sense of pride and achievement right across all the schools in the borough.

However that doesn’t mean that teaching in Lambeth is without its challenges; there are a large number of children born into poverty and more than half do not have English as their first language.

Taken together, this makes the ongoing and incremental improvement in education standards in Lambeth all the more impressive. It debunks the myth that it is a hard task teaching in an Inner London borough and instead is a credit to those who choose to teach here to be part of this success story.

The residents of Lambeth also come from all corners of the world and speak many different languages making the borough one of the most diverse in the whole country.

This contributes to the truth that Lambeth is the ‘world in one borough’.

Lambeth - The World in One Borough

Lambeth is the second largest of the thirteen inner London boroughs with a population of just over 300,000 (2011 Census).

Covering an area of approximately 10.5 square miles, Lambeth measures about seven miles from the north at Waterloo to the south in Norwood and about two and a half miles from east (Herne Hill) to west (Clapham).

Lambeth is right at the heart of London, just south of the river Thames, meaning that all of the attractions and opportunities of London are right on your doorstep, or even in the borough itself.

The population of Lambeth continues to grow both from internal migration from other parts of the UK and from both within and outside the EU.

It’s this continued population growth and diversity that gives the whole borough its unique mix of culture and people; around one quarter of people in Lambeth identify themselves as of either African or Caribbean ethnicity with a smaller number of first or second generation families from India and Pakistan as well as significant Irish, Portuguese, Brazilian and Spanish communities.

Lambeth is well used to the arrival of new residents in the borough and it's a virtue of the people that it is so welcoming to those who choose to come and live and work here.

This also means that the social life and culture in the borough is rich, varied and comes with a distinctly global flavour.

You can, of course, find every type of cuisine from all over the world right on your doorstep, as well as every pastime that is practiced anywhere in the world, but you also get that rich life experience from sharing your life with people with different backgrounds and outlooks.

Living in Lambeth

You'll find more information on this site about living and working in Lambeth (as well as housing in Lambeth and Lambeth's cultural importance), but suffice to say that when you choose Lambeth you choose to be part of the heart of one of the world's leading cities.

Lambeth has some of London's best transport links with mainline stations Waterloo at its hub (and Victoria just across ​the river in neighbouring Westminster), the Tube and Overground rail making it incredibly easy to travel all over London and as a short commute from nearby suburban areas.

It is home to many significant cultural attractions including the South Bank complex, the Old Vic and Young Vic theatres and the BFI, as well as the London Eye and leading museums such as the Imperial War Museum. Obviously these can be enjoyed as a local resident but also offer incredible opportunities for stimulating and exciting school trips for the classes you lead as a teacher in Lambeth, and the rest of London's world class attractions are all just moments and a short Tube ride away.

Lambeth gives you the chance to live in an incredible capital city full of world class culture and history but also enables you to make the most of Lambeth and London as a resource to broaden the horizons of the children you teach.

Teaching in Lambeth Pays

So living and teaching in Lambeth offers a diverse and inclusive cultural experience that allows for both personal and professional development.

And you get to be part of a landmark change in education improvement with all the job satisfaction that brings.

It's undeniable that these are rich rewards for any teacher who chooses to take on a role in Lambeth, but on a purely financial level the incentives to teach in Lambeth are stronger than in most other parts of the UK.

The inner London weighting for starting salaries for teachers means that your initial salary will be at least £29,000, which is considerably higher than in outer London boroughs. There are also housing schemes backed by the Mayor of London and other assistance often included in job offers from specific schools or from the Lambeth Education Authority.

In many situations choosing to teach in Lambeth will mean a higher salary and attractive additional packages - so you're getting paid in satisfaction from your job but also in your salary package.

See what others have to say about the rewards of teaching in Lambeth in this video:

Video - What makes being a teacher in Lambeth so rewarding

​Professional Development and Training in Lambeth

Your decision to work as a teacher ​in a school in Lambeth is not just based on the fact that it's a great place to live and work from a cultural and social point of view.

It’s just as important that you find a place where you can have a rewarding and fulfilling career as a teacher and be confident that what you're doing is helping to deliver a first class education to pupils.

In these sections ​(​Teaching in Lambeth / ​Training and Support) you'll find lots more information on how Lambeth has a range of organisations, systems and practices that offer the very best in continuing professional development and support for all the teachers in the borough.

These range from specialist teaching schools, an NQT programme that is recognised as delivering high levels of satisfaction and retention in the teachers who begin their careers in the borough, as well as a borough wide partnership programme focused on continuing the improving education standards in Lambeth.

Lambeth Education Services is driving the continuous improvement in standards in every school across the borough through these initiatives and is committed to attracting and retaining the very best teachers in order to fulfil this vision.

Watch the videos below to see what people teaching in Lambeth think about their decision to choose Lambeth:

​Video - Is Lambeth an inclusive place to teach

​And why teaching in Lambeth is unique:

​Video - What makes teaching in Lambeth so special

If you’re a teacher looking to start your career in London as an NQT, or if you’re a qualified teacher looking for a new role in London, you’ll have the choice of many excellent schools in well run boroughs with supportive education authorities.

So why choose Lambeth?

The simple answer is that Lambeth is unique.

As a teacher you'll be hoping to find a position where you can be the best teacher that you can be, where you can bring real inspiration, change and success to the lives of the children you teach and where you’ll get the continuing professional development and training that will ensure both of those things.

Lambeth is able to provide that level of job satisfaction and the opportunity to be part of an ever improving education system which is one of London's education success stories.

Lambeth is ranked third out of 152 local authorities across the UK in terms of expected development for primary level Maths (with similar standards in English and other subjects) and is ranked fourth out of 33 London boroughs in terms of overall Ofsted performance.

Lambeth is a borough where there is visible momentum in improving standards in all schools and that feeds a sense of pride and achievement right across all the schools in the borough.

However that doesn’t mean that teaching in Lambeth is without its challenges; there are a large number of children born into poverty and more than half do not have English as their first language.

Taken together, this makes the ongoing and incremental improvement in education standards in Lambeth all the more impressive. It debunks the myth that it is a hard task teaching in an Inner London borough and instead is a credit to those who choose to teach here to be part of this success story.

The residents of Lambeth also come from all corners of the world and speak many different languages making the borough one of the most diverse in the whole country.

This contributes to the truth that Lambeth is the ‘world in one borough’.

Lambeth - The World in One Borough

Lambeth is the second largest of the thirteen inner London boroughs with a population of just over 300,000 (2011 Census).

Covering an area of approximately 10.5 square miles, Lambeth measures about seven miles from the north at Waterloo to the south in Norwood and about two and a half miles from east (Herne Hill) to west (Clapham).

Lambeth is right at the heart of London, just south of the river Thames, meaning that all of the attractions and opportunities of London are right on your doorstep, or even in the borough itself.

The population of Lambeth continues to grow both from internal migration from other parts of the UK and from both within and outside the EU.

It’s this continued population growth and diversity that gives the whole borough its unique mix of culture and people; around one quarter of people in Lambeth identify themselves as of either African or Caribbean ethnicity with a smaller number of first or second generation families from India and Pakistan as well as significant Irish, Portuguese, Brazilian and Spanish communities.

Lambeth is well used to the arrival of new residents in the borough and it's a virtue of the people that it is so welcoming to those who choose to come and live and work here.

This also means that the social life and culture in the borough is rich, varied and comes with a distinctly global flavour.

You can, of course, find every type of cuisine from all over the world right on your doorstep, as well as every pastime that is practiced anywhere in the world, but you also get that rich life experience from sharing your life with people with different backgrounds and outlooks.

Living in Lambeth

You'll find more information on this site about living and working in Lambeth (as well as housing in Lambeth and Lambeth's cultural importance), but suffice to say that when you choose Lambeth you choose to be part of the heart of one of the world's leading cities.

Lambeth has some of London's best transport links with mainline stations Waterloo at its hub (and Victoria just across ​the river in neighbouring Westminster), the Tube and Overground rail making it incredibly easy to travel all over London and as a short commute from nearby suburban areas.

It is home to many significant cultural attractions including the South Bank complex, the Old Vic and Young Vic theatres and the BFI, as well as the London Eye and leading museums such as the Imperial War Museum. Obviously these can be enjoyed as a local resident but also offer incredible opportunities for stimulating and exciting school trips for the classes you lead as a teacher in Lambeth, and the rest of London's world class attractions are all just moments and a short Tube ride away.

Lambeth gives you the chance to live in an incredible capital city full of world class culture and history but also enables you to make the most of Lambeth and London as a resource to broaden the horizons of the children you teach.

Teaching in Lambeth Pays

So living and teaching in Lambeth offers a diverse and inclusive cultural experience that allows for both personal and professional development.

And you get to be part of a landmark change in education improvement with all the job satisfaction that brings.

It's undeniable that these are rich rewards for any teacher who chooses to take on a role in Lambeth, but on a purely financial level the incentives to teach in Lambeth are stronger than in most other parts of the UK.

The inner London weighting for starting salaries for teachers means that your initial salary will be at least £29,000, which is considerably higher than in outer London boroughs. There are also housing schemes backed by the Mayor of London and other assistance often included in job offers from specific schools or from the Lambeth Education Authority.

In many situations choosing to teach in Lambeth will mean a higher salary and attractive additional packages - so you're getting paid in satisfaction from your job but also in your salary package.

See what others have to say about the rewards of teaching in Lambeth in this video:

Video - What makes being a teacher in Lambeth so rewarding

​Professional Development and Training in Lambeth

Your decision to work as a teacher ​in a school in Lambeth is not just based on the fact that it's a great place to live and work from a cultural and social point of view.

It’s just as important that you find a place where you can have a rewarding and fulfilling career as a teacher and be confident that what you're doing is helping to deliver a first class education to pupils.

In these sections ​(​Teaching in Lambeth / ​Training and Support) you'll find lots more information on how Lambeth has a range of organisations, systems and practices that offer the very best in continuing professional development and support for all the teachers in the borough.

These range from specialist teaching schools, an NQT programme that is recognised as delivering high levels of satisfaction and retention in the teachers who begin their careers in the borough, as well as a borough wide partnership programme focused on continuing the improving education standards in Lambeth.

Lambeth Education Services is driving the continuous improvement in standards in every school across the borough through these initiatives and is committed to attracting and retaining the very best teachers in order to fulfil this vision.

Watch the videos below to see what people teaching in Lambeth think about their decision to choose Lambeth:

​Video - Is Lambeth an inclusive place to teach

​And why teaching in Lambeth is unique:

​Video - What makes teaching in Lambeth so special