Teach in the UK Schools for Overseas Teachers

Teach in the UK Schools for Overseas Teachers, UK Skilled Worker Visa

Did you know there are more than 26,000 primary and secondary schools to teach in the UK from islands, rural areas, villages, towns and cites. 

Majority of teaching jobs UK advertised are with government state funded schools where children compulsory attend free up to 16 years old. Support or admin school education jobs are also plentiful.


Teaching in London, Manchester and other parts of UK, teacher salary, qualifications, jobs, requirements information.

The UK now has a points based system and shortage occupations lists for people that qualify that can apply from around the world to come for teaching in UK schools.


UK teaching positions

There are management and classroom jobs in all subject areas for local and foreign teachers of certain subjects.

All lessons are taught in English except for languages and a select few primary and secondary schools deliver lessons in their respective national languages.

Teaching UK pupils in Gaelic in Wales and Scotland require native Gaelic language speaking skills.

Relax, there are very few schools in the UK for Gaelic speakers.

UK teaching jobs at state schools advertised are for local and foreign teachers at primary and secondary schools.


Teach in the UK state funded schools

Nursery school           Kindergarten (Pre school 3-5)

Primary school           Elementary school (KS1 + KS2, 5-12 years)

Middle school             10 – 14 years

Secondary school      High school (KS3, KS4, KS5 11-18 years)


Independent school    Fee paying school for 3 to 18 years


Schools in the UK start anywhere from 8.30 am to 9.15 am for primary schools and finish no later than 3.30 pm, Monday to Friday.

The academic year runs from August/Early September too late June middle July depending on Wales & England or Scotland.

Teaching jobs at a primary school in England & Wales or a secondary school in the UK can not be much different to US, Australia, Canada, Finish and western schools globally.  Children are children!

School holiday’s 6 weeks summer, 2 weeks at Christmas/new year, week of each in October and February and time off for Easter break.

Schools expect you to have planned each lesson 5/6 per day, mark children work books, give out homework, conduct assessments, tutor group, parent contact and other school and classroom teacher duties.


UK teaching jobs

There are always many jobs for teachers at UK schools at any time of the year.  A shortage of teachers in England, Scotland and Wales has resulted from not enough people training to become teachers, people moving abroad and teachers changing occupation.


Options for school teacher jobs


Employed directly by a school on a long term full time permanent basis

This would generally be the best option as you would be directly employed by a local government school, free from an agency.  A positive, is head teachers save a lot of money not paying recruitment fees and you can negotiate a slightly higher salary being directly employed.

You would require applying directly to the many UK schools looking for good qualified teachers, especially in core subjects of English, Mathematics, and Sciences.

Just about every subject there is a big shortage of teachers and if you are qualified and a good enough teacher you are hired.  Just try and escape!

Apply for jobs before the start of the academic year two or more months in advance, think about visa and paperwork gathering. You could also start in January at the start of a new tern, although this is a third of the teaching time through the academic year.

Salary is paid according to the teacher’s pay scale in England & Wales or salaries for teachers in Scotland and extra for the number of year’s experience.  You would be looking at £22,000 – £36,000 depending also if in or near London or another area.


With a recruitment teaching agency

How many recruitment agencies in the UK? Lost count! No idea why, but more and more people are choosing to apply for permanent teacher jobs with an agency or doing teaching supply work on a contract basis.

Wages tend to be £120-£160 per day, where you could be assigned to a school for as little as one day or for 3 terms, a full academic year.

I have personally conducted teaching supply in a number of schools, although I preferred a long term teaching contract as you get to know the children, routine, part of the school community and properly plan lessons.

Teaching supply is a good option if you would like to test out a school first before applying for a full time position.  You will find schools offering you a long term or permanent position if you are seen delivery lessons effectively and getting on with the children.


Teaching salary UK

A teacher’s salary is taxed with schools paying monthly.  UK teaching agencies pay a teachers wage anything from weekly to monthly depending on the recruitment agency.

Main pay scale for UK teachers is different in Scotland to England and Wales, although all teachers are paid according to experience, responsibility and location.  £22,000 – £36,000 for classroom teachers per year, although you can earn more taking on additional responsibility.

Specialist mathematics, science and information technology teachers can negotiate a better salary as they are in short supply.

Teachers salaries in and around London are greater to the rest of the country, as London is a more expensive to live.


Qualifications to teach UK

You must be a qualified/certified school teacher with a minimum of an undergraduate degree and teacher qualification from your country, such as USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands and Finland.  Also, 2 teaching references and a full criminal record check from your country.

You can teach at primary and secondary schools if you are an overseas trained teacher for a maximum of 4 years.  After that you require to complete an newly qualified teacher (NQT) year to continue teaching in UK schools run by the government.


Overseas teaching qualifications require to be assessed by UK teaching councils

Also you require to register with:

General teaching Council for English & Wales for teaching in Welsh or English state schools

General teaching Council Scotland for Scottish state schools


Visa requirements for teaching in UK schools


Shortage occupation list:

Teach in Gaelic language in nursery, primary or secondary school (Scotland only2314/5 

Secondary school teacher subjects: Computer science, mathematics, science with physics, Mandarin, physics

See https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/skilled-worker-visa-shortage-occupations


Skilled worker visa

Another option is under Skilled Worker Visa for a teacher in a school education job.

Nursery primary & secondary school teacher (2314 & 2315)

Special education teacher (2016)

See here  UK Government education work visa  

Job in independent school or government run & funded school are eligible.


Requirements include for the 2 options above:

Good knowledge of English language

Verified education and other documents

Application fee

Healthcare surcharge payment 

Financial means to support yourself  for 4 weeks plus before you’re first salary payment

This page provides information you require to apply and obtain a UK work visa in the education sector 

Did you know head teachers fly out to places like Australia, Canada and USA to interview and recruit teacher’s


UK school curriculum

Like it or not all school children under 16 years old require to compulsory study certain subjects in UK school at primary and secondary level.

Oh do we have to sir!  Why do we need to learn this sir!


Primary school children in the UK study a broad curriculum, everything from arithmetic, English, physical education/games, science, language, history and other subjects.

Secondary schools deliver compulsory core subject lessons in mathematics, English, Physical education, information technology up to 16 years old.

Pupils also study history, geography, music, language, design & technology, art & design and citizenship.  Last 2 years from 14-16 years pupils can school selection options from this list, although they must study the core options also.


Where do I find teaching jobs

From jobs in London and other parts of the UK search for terms on line such as teaching jobs in England, Scotland or school jobs UK.

Official government website listing education jobs for England

Scotland education school jobs official website

Check on UK council (local government) websites

Teaching agency school jobs


More information about teaching and to teach in UK schools see the official government website for getting into teaching.  The website provides information for overseas qualified teachers wanted and local teachers for schools.

There are many websites in the UK that list school jobs for teachers.


Wherever you choose to teach in England and at what age level teachers are always in demand

See also    Primary school teaching for a classroom role guide and other Early years teacher.



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