Teach in the UK with TeacherActive

Teaching jobs in the UK

We can’t always vouch for the weather, but life in the UK is completely unique! A country full of history and culture, nightlife, scenic spots and metropolitan hubs, with TeacherActive you can travel to the UK and develop your skills at the same time.

Are you a teacher or educational support staff looking to take an exciting step forward in your career? If you’re looking for a job in education in the UK, and you have a British passport or visa to work in the UK, then we can help you make the move to start a new adventure.

A world of possibilities waiting for you

By signing up with TeacherActive to teach in the UK, you are opening the doors to big career benefits. Not just here in the UK, but when you travel back home too. 

By becoming an educator in the UK, you can expect to:

  • Work in different schools, gaining individual experience in each.
  • Teach to a curriculum similar to yours, but adopt different learning methods and teaching styles.
  • Expand your CV with new skills, that you can take home and apply to your country’s schools.
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Free flights to the UK*

Guaranteed pay schemes & top daily rates

Support with relocation

Free CPD resources

Termly social events

Dedicated consultants

Frequent Q&As and advice

Network of over 3,600 schools

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If you’re ready to discuss relocating to the UK, we’re ready for you.

Our dedicated consultants are here to support you every step of the way, and can walk you through the process of moving to a new country.

Step one: Register to TeacherActive and discover what work is available to you.

Step two: Apply for visas, police checks, send your documents over and apply for QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) if you need it.

Step three: Get support finding accommodation, book your flights and register for your welcome event.

Step four: Arrive in the UK! Attend your face-to-face registration and begin your UK teaching journey.

TeacherActive accepts the following visas:

  • Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa
  • British passport
  • Ancestral visa
  • Spousal visa

It is a legal requirement to have the right visa to stay in the UK. You need to apply for this within three months of arriving in the UK. You can do so by heading to the Gov.uk website.

The UK has some of the most breathtaking, unique and captivating places to visit. One day you could be strolling the green of an ancient castle or getting lost in medieval streets, and the next enjoying the UK’s unique comedy, films, music and art in contemporary city spaces.

We’re sure you will feel right at home wherever you visit in the country. Ranking in the top 10 best countries in the world, there’s plenty to see and do in the UK:

  • London: Including Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace
  • Stone Henge: No one really knows why Stone Henge exists, but the 5,000-year-old neolithic monument is worth the visit.
  • Stratford Upon Avon: The birthplace of Shakespeare is a place to catch a play and soak up the sights of an old English town.
  • The beach: A trip to the UK wouldn’t be complete without a seaside holiday!
  • Liverpool: The birthplace of the Beatles is a bustling city of music, shopping and culture.
  • Snowdonia: Wales’ largest national park which includes Mount Snowdon and a mountain railway.

To work as a qualified teacher in the UK, it is a legal requirement to have QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). For those seeking teaching work without QTS, or a recognised overseas teaching qualification, then you will most likely need to work as an unqualified teacher in UK schools. Most teaching qualifications can be turned into a QTS before you come to the UK, to see if your country qualifies head to the GOV.UK website.

You can work for up to four years without QTS, this is known as the four-year QTS exemption rule. However, having QTS will make it easier to find work and for you to be paid the correct amount.

If you are working in a supporting role, such as a teaching assistant, we prefer at least six months’ of relevant experience, but this is not compulsory. Transferable experience working with children or young adults in other capacities, such as coaching, nannying or babysitting, nursing, mentoring, tutoring etc.; also lends itself nicely to these roles.

The UK school year runs from September to July. Pupils will usually wear uniforms up until key stage five, and most school days start between 8:00 am and 9:00 am and end between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm, with breakfast and after-school clubs bookending the day.

The core subjects across primary and secondary schools are English, maths and science. In Secondary school (usually in Year Nine) pupils will be able to pick other subjects, such as foreign languages, art, sports science and more, to take and study for their GCSEs.

Pupils will take SATS (Standard Assessment Tests) when they are seven, 11 and 14. GCSEs are taken at ages 15 and 16, and A-Levels or equivalent exams are taken at ages 17 to 18.

Term one

Starts: Early September

Half term: End of October

Ends: Mid-December, before the Christmas holidays 

Term two

Starts: Early January

Half term: Early/mid-February

Term ends: Late March/early April

Term three

Term starts: Mid-April

Half term: Late May/Early June

Term ends: Late July

Each region of the UK varies with its exact term dates, so please see this is a rough guide. You’ll often find Year 11s and Year 13s may finish earlier, depending on where their last exams fall. For more detailed curriculum information, head to Gov.UK or check your local council’s website for specific term dates.

Upskill and learn wherever you are

Tune in to My-Progression, powered by TeacherActive, every week for new videos on the UK education system, designed to keep your career in motion. 

From the English curriculum and the school day to Ofsted inspections, lesson planning on supply and behaviour management, My-Progression covers it all. 

Hundreds of educators tune in every week, so why not join in the conversation by subscribing and commenting too? Don’t forget to hit the notification bell to never miss a video.

A community waiting for you

Throughout your UK adventure, you won’t be alone. We will introduce you to a network of other teachers and education staff at our termly social events, the perfect chance to network and socialise.

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