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A great place to live and work

East Anglia is a fantastic place to live and work, with unspoilt countryside, vibrant communities, and easy access to both London and Europe - plus a cost of living that gives plenty of scope for you to enjoy yourself.

The fine city of Norwich

Our curriculum centre and several of our schools are in Norwich, a vibrant city with a rich medieval heritage; a lively mix of independent and big name shops, cafes, and restaurants; and plenty of parks and green spaces.

Norwich punches well above its weight culturally with a wide range of museums, galleries, historic buildings, and venues from large theatres to small arts centres. The Theatre Royal offers big touring shows, while the Playhouse is a favourite venue for comedians and more alternative theatre. The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts - based at one of the city's two universities - has a eclectic collection house in a landmark Norman Foster building, and enjoys a unique partnership with Russia's Hermitage Museum.

The city is famed for once having a pub for every day of the year and a church for every Sunday - while those numbers have dwindled it still boasts a lively social scene, with many former churches now serving alternative uses from circus centre to tea room. The city is home to two cathedrals, and boasts the largest walled Cathedral Close in Europe.

Norwich is just 90 minutes from London by train or a couple of hours by car, and its airport has regular connections to Amsterdam Schipol to flights around the world.

The wider region

Just half an hour away are the bright lights of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, popular seaside tourist destinations now forging new futures in the high-tech energy industries. Our schools in the towns are at the heart of our mission to transform education and unlock the potential of the east coast. Working in these areas will challenge and inspire you every day, giving you a richly rewarding environment in which to develop your teaching skills.

The unblemished beaches and Victorian pier at Cromer offer a different pace of life, with a friendly and vibrant community feel encapsulated in the town's annual carnival and festival.

The busy market town of Thetford - birthplace to Thomas Paine - is undergoing rapid growth, with plans for the town to double in size over the next decade. Nestling in the Breckland forests, it sits close to the Norfolk, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire borders and serves as an important gateway to the region.

That includes our partner schools in Bedfordshire, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire.

Lower cost of living

Living in East Anglia isn't only a great experience, it's cost-effective too.

Average living costs in Norfolk are substantially lower than in London and Cambridge, with a two-bedroom house in Norwich costing around £600-800pcm to rent, compared with £2,800+ in London and £1,200-£1,600 in Cambridge.

Training with Inspiration Teacher Training helps you take full advantage of this, making getting started in your career much more affordable.