I have a background in EAL and lived abroad for a few years doing TEFL. Currently studying to be a fully fledged English teacher in Ireland. I had hoped to get back out abroad again working in the EAL department of an international school, but I lucked out in applications and interviews to my great disappointment. I'm thinking I'll need to garner more experience first before I get my ideal job. Unfortunately, there aren't many jobs in Ireland with the norm for most young teachers being to initially go for sub work or maternity covers. I've been thinking about making the jump over to England, perhaps London or Manchester, to complete my NQT year ASAP. But from what I've been reading and hearing in the past year... England is not a good place to be a teacher at the moment. Thoughts?