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Here are some general questions and answers about teaching in the UK. Please click on a question to see the answer.

When is the best time to head to the UK if I am looking for daily supply teaching?

When is the best time to head to the UK if I am keen to secure a longer term contract?

Do I need a Canadian Federal Police Check to teach in the UK?

Do I need a USA Police Check to teach in the UK?

Do I need a visa if I just want to teach casually in the UK?

I have a British Passport do I need to apply for a visa?

What’s National Insurance and how do I go about getting a National Insurance Number?

I am heading to the UK to travel primarily. What happens if I want to take a week off?

Does the UK Academic Year only have three terms?

 

When is the best time to head to the UK if I am looking for daily supply teaching?

The first term (autumn term) from September and the second term (Spring term) are historically the busiest for daily supply. If you are looking to arrive to ‘supply’ teach during either of these terms, look at arriving in October onwards or from mid January onwards. Of course every area in England is different so please check with your overseas consultant or one of the international consultants before booking your flights!

When is the best time to head to the UK if I am keen to secure a longer term contract?

September or January is when you need to be ready to teach if you are looking for a longer term contract. Try arriving late June to be around for trial days before the end of the Academic year in mid July. Be warned that the term in January starts very early, so you need to look at arriving between Christmas and New Year at the latest in order to give yourself enough time to settle in and get over the jet lag. It is not unheard of to land a long term contract during the summer term, but these are few and far between so if you are looking to arrive during the summer term, do make sure that you have fair amount of cash stashed.

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Do I need a Canadian Federal Police check to teach in the UK?

You need to have an original copy of a Canadian police through your local, provincial and/or RCMP police services that has been processed within 6 months of your arrival into the UK and includes a vulnerable sectors clearance where applicable. UK schools may well ask to see this at the start of each teaching assignment.

Do I need a USA Police check to yeach in the UK?

You need to have an original copy of a USA Police Check that has been processed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)  within 6 months of your arrival into the UK. UK schools may well ask to see this at the start of each teaching assignment.

Do I need a visa if I just want to teach casually in the UK?

If you intend to take on any work in the UK you must apply for a visa prior to leaving Canada. Check out this UK Government website for more information about UK visas.

I have a British Passport do I need to apply for a visa?

No, the British Passport automatically gives you the right to work in the UK.

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What’s National Insurance and how do I go about getting a National Insurance Number?

Please see the UK National Insurance page for how we can help.

I am heading to the UK to travel primarily. What happens if I want to take a week off?

If you are working for us on a day to day basis then you can come and go as you please. Just make sure that you keep your consultant updated on your availability so that you do get work when you want it. However, you must fulfil all teaching assignments that you have accepted, not turning up for work on Monday because you were having such a great time in Paris at the weekend is not good and your consultant is not likely to want to book you out again in a hurry!

Does the UK academic year only have three terms?

Yes, the autumn term (Term 1) runs from early September until around the 18th December, the spring Term runs from early January until Easter and the summer Term runs from straight after Easter until around the 3rd week in July. Each term has a mid term break (1 week), so you will find that you are only teaching for 7 weeks at any one time before you have at least a week off. Plenty of time for travelling!

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