Hi, I am a Secondary English teacher with two young children thinking about teaching in the ME (Dubai is the top of the list but i'm open to other areas) I have had a browse on the thread and read some awful stories but equally some success stories! I was just wondering if anyone had any advice on whether to apply to a government run school or a 'private school' and if possible some guidance (privately) on any schools to stay clear of. Ideally, I would like to start August 2018; does it make a difference whether you apply through an agency or direct to the school? I have worked out that most schools do offer a reduction or free education for your children, does anybody have any experience with this? Did your children settle in well? Was the transition, teaching and standard of living what you expected? Also, if anyone had any insight into the expected salary (4 years teaching experience with pastoral responsibility) that would also be amazing! I know that the ME isn't for everyone but I do really have my hear set on it, so any information or guidance would be greatly received!