For overseas teachers, supply work (or relief work, as you may know it) allows you the flexibility to experience teaching and living in the UK while being able to take regular breaks to complete your European experience.
TeacherActive have offices throughout the UK and whatever you want to achieve with your stay in the UK, we can provide the right opportunity for you in the right school. Many teachers choose to base themselves in London, where there is a network of overseas trained teachers to meet, work and socialise with. We also have offices throughout England and Wales, placing teachers into positions with schools from one day through to a full academic year. Whatever your needs and whatever you want to achieve while in the UK, we can help.
As a member of the TeacherActive team, you can expect to enjoy the following benefits:
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Where to live?
Most teachers looking to work in the UK base themselves in London. It’s a great place to live and work and has easy travel links with the rest of the UK and Europe. TeacherActive have a dedicated London Office located just by The Shard, one of London’s most iconic buildings. Our London offices specialises in placing teachers in the city and the surrounding counties; our network of offices across England and Wales is also on hand should you wish to work anywhere else in the UK.
Most people decide to rent or house share in London. There’s a huge choice of flats and other properties to choose from and TeacherActive can give you invaluable advice on how to arrange temporary accommodation before you arrive. As a new visitor to the city it’s definitely worth spending some time in temporary accommodation before committing to a rental contract to make sure that you get it right for you. TeacherActive have excellent links with local estate agents to help.
London Life & Social Life
London is a diverse and exciting city with many of the world’s best sights. The City of London benefits from world class museums, galleries and attractions including the Tower of London, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. Many national and international events are regularly based in the city including the Rugby World Cup! For updated information about future events see www.visitlondon.com
It’s a daunting prospect moving to the UK but never fear! You’d be one of thousands of like-minded individuals coming to the UK to start their European adventure. It’s highly likely that the schools where you’ll be working will not only have a very active social calendar but there will also be people who are doing the same thing as you.
TeacherActive can help you open a UK bank account to receive your wages each week. UK tax and National Insurance will be deducted directly from your weekly pay. This is termed PAYE (Pay As You Earn). The current basic rate of tax is 20%. Most employees will be entitled to a Personal Tax Allowance of £11,500 per tax year (current rates). This allowance is not given all at once, but spread over the 52 weeks of the tax year. National Insurance contributions will also be deducted from your salary. Altogether, you will pay approximately 30% of your salary in tax and National Insurance contributions.
In the UK there is a huge demand for teachers who qualified overseas particularly from Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Whatever your situation let us know and we can advise you on the likelihood of finding a teaching job in the UK.
You must have qualified teacher status (QTS) to take up a teaching post in England; this is awarded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). If you qualified in European Economic Area (EEA) then your qualification will be recognised in England
Teachers qualified in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA must apply to the NCTL before you can be recognised as holding QTS. Please click on this link for the NCTL online application form https://teacherservices.education.gov.uk/
If you qualified outside of these countries then you will need to complete an accredited training programme. You can find further information on www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/teacher-training-options
Will I need a Visa?
The short answer is yes. The easiest way to get a short term two year visa is to apply for a Youth Mobility Visa (YMV). We’ve listed some more guidance on the current requirement below however if you’re unsure please contact TeacherActive for more information or visit www.gov.uk/tier-5-youth-mobility/overview
If you reside outside the EEA or those countries above, or cannot qualify for a Youth Mobility Visa then you can seek more guidance from the Government’s website: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa
Youth Mobility Visa – How to apply? What are the requirements?
To qualify for this visa you must:
Be aged between 18-30
Have a valid passport for one of the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Monaco, South Korea or Taiwan.
Have the equivalent to £1890GBP in your bank account.
Have no children.
When should I apply for my YMV?
Best time to apply is around three months before your departure; don’t leave it too late as depending on the time of the year some visa applications can take up to six weeks. You will need to apply for the visa before you leave home as you cannot apply for it once you have arrived in the UK.
How to apply
You have two options: apply for your UK visa directly or pay a visa agent to do the application for you. The fee for your application is currently £225 plus you will need to pay an additional Healthcare Surcharge of £200.
Completing the application yourself will save you money however if you make an error in your application the British High Commission will decline your visa and you will need to reapply and pay another fee.
As a part of the visa application you will be required to attend a biometrics appointment. If you are in Australia or New Zealand you can get that done at the British Consulate in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Prior to undertaking work in the UK you must have a police check from your country of origin that is dated within the last 12 months. If you have lived in another country within the last five years and for more than 12 months then you will also need a police check from that country.
Before you undertake your contract in a UK school you will need to hold a UK police check called the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). TeacherActive will guide you through the process prior to your arrival to ensure there’s no delay in starting work.
You will need to provide two references covering the last five years. These must be professional references from an educational establishment. If you are a newly qualified teacher then your references can be from your university and a work placement.
The UK has a multi-cultural and diverse society. Of course things will be different and it will take time to adapt, but that’s part of the beauty of teaching in a different country.
The National Curriculum offers some subject specific guidance which we’d recommend you look at. Please click the link for redirection to their website – www.gov.uk/national-curriculum/overview
At TeacherActive we will ensure that you will be completely prepared for life teaching in the UK. If you have any questions about working in a UK school then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Term dates & structure of the UK education system
In the UK there are three school terms:
Term 1: The Autumn term – This term starts on the first week of September and finishes late December.
Term 2: The Spring term – This term begins the first week of January and finishes at Easter
Term 3: The Summer term – This term begins after Easter and finishes late July
The UK education system is broken up into Key Stages (KS) which look like the following:
|16-17||Year 12||KS5/Post 16|
|17-18||Year 13||KS5/Post 16|
For more detailed information about specific age groups and curriculum information please visit www.education.gov.uk
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