What is teaching in the UK really like (and why do so many International Teachers do it)?
The UK is in the middle of a teacher shortage, so British schools are very excited by the prospect of hiring international teachers.
For the schools, a teacher from overseas is a welcome opportunity to add a different perspective to the school community, and to broaden the experiences of students. For teaching graduates in countries like Australia, Canada and New Zealand, it can be difficult to find a teaching role without much classroom experience. Teaching overseas in England is the perfect way to improve your resume. You’ll get highly regarded UK teaching experience. All while you’re living a fabulous overseas adventure. And you’ll be paid for it – as well as scoring a free flight to the UK.
Teachers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Ireland generally have the easiest transition to teaching in the UK, due to similarities in curriculums and education pedagogies. That said, there are still some pretty big differences in the UK education system and the one you’ve grown to know back home. Here’s some valuable information to help you understand what teaching is like in the UK.
- Types of teaching work
- Types of UK Schools
- UK Curriculum and Key Stages
- UK School Terms (and holidays!)
We know the idea of teaching overseas can be overwhelming if you haven’t done it before. That’s why we have teams across the UK to give extra support and assistance to our international teachers. They’ll organise an airport pickup for you, advise you on finding somewhere to live, they even organise social events. Our staff are ex-teachers, committed to finding all of our teachers their perfect placement – because they know that happy teachers inspire happy students.
European adventures on your doorstep
Fancy popping to Prague for the weekend? Climbing the Cairngorms? Or how about feasting through France? Because of England’s proximity to Europe, there’s a world of possibilities awaiting UK based teachers every weekend, every half-term break, every school holidays. Get in touch, we’ll help you get there.
Teach In have offices throughout the UK as well as in Australia, Canada and Ireland. We help both teaching graduates and experienced teachers from overseas find their perfect job in their perfect location from a range of work opportunities – supply/ relief, fixed-contract, long-term and permanent, and even provide a guaranteed pay scheme to our overseas supply teachers, ensuring you’ll always know where the funds for your next adventure are coming from!
International teachers working in the UK with Teach In can expect the following support:
- An experienced and dedicated consultant with knowledge of the local area
- Arrival support from your local branch
- Weekly pay
- The facility to offset expenses through the leading limited company provider
- Support network of other overseas teachers
- Access to work across the UK (not just in London and the surrounding areas) – and unbiased advice on the locations that might suit you best
- Local branch support
- Introduction to existing overseas teacher communities
- Support with accommodation and with setting up bank accounts
- An invitation to our Induction Day
- Support obtaining a National Insurance number
- Interview & visa application support
- Professional development
I had two interviews with the school I ended up working at within a week of contacting Teach In. Everything was done extremely promptly whereas other agencies were incredibly slow and inefficient.
Alina Chernin, Canadian Teacher in the UK
Using Teach In has enabled us to bring some excellent Australian teachers into our school and their ethos completely fits our vision. They have High Expectations for the children it terms of their behaviour and work. They are Caring and develop relationships with the children quickly so that they are trusted. They have Positive Attitudes and bring that sense of energy and fun to the classroom and school. Finally, they are Successful getting great work and pride from the children they work with.
I would wholly recommend employing teachers from a different country as they bring a fresh outlook and energy to your staff team.
Martin Lumb, Head Teacher, Hunslet Carr Primary School, Leeds