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Teaching Recruitment Agencies in the UK

Education recruitment agencies are really a foreign concept to teachers in Australia; most states tend to have their own method of finding work for casual and short term teachers (eg: Casual Direct in NSW, Tracer in QLD) and this doesn’t really involve agencies.

The fact is that if you want to have all the relevant paperwork in place and be eligible to teach in the UK you simply need to go through a teacher recruitment agency in the UK.

 

Here are some common questions answered about registering with an education recruitment agency to teach in the UK:

Do I need to register with an agency? Can't I just drop my CV off to schools in my area?

How much does it cost me? What is your fee?

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 an Australian Federal 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?

Is it a good idea to arrive during the UK Summer Term (April – July)?

 

Do I need to register with an education recruitment agency? Can't I just drop my CV off to schools in my area?

If you want to do any casual teaching in the UK (or contract positions) you need to go through an agency - simple as that. Teaching agencies in the UK are a major part of the education landscape; schools wouldn't be able to survive without them. We do police checks, reference history and verify your teaching qualifications and save the school the time & money. Don't try and 'wing it' by printing off 30 copies of your CV and handing them out; chances are all the schools in your area will tell you to simply "Go and register with Protocol Education as we use them for our casual teachers!"

How much does it cost me? What is your fee?

We don't cost you anything - we will NEVER charge you a fee to teach with us! There are some incidental costs to get registered to teach in the UK (such as police checks and visas) however these don't add up to much at all. 

When is the best time to head off for casual teaching in England? 

The school year starts in September and finishes in July; if you arrive early in September this allows you time to get settled in whilst school is a bit more quiet. Come the middle of September it is all systems go for casual teaching in England!

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.

Do I need an Australian Federal Police Check to teach in the UK?

You need to have a recent original copy of an Australian Federal Police Check (AFP) tif you wish to teach in the UK. UK schools may well ask to see this at the start of each teaching assignment. Protocol Education can provide you with the paperwork for this.

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 Australia. Check out our visa page for more info about UK visas.

I have a British Passport do I need to apply for a visa to teach in the UK?

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

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 for a working holiday. 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!

Is it a good idea to arrive during the UK summer term (April – July)?

It’s an amazing time to arrive in the UK and Europe being as it’s their summer time, but not great if you are looking for guaranteed work. It’s like term 4 here – would you really expect to rock up in a new area of Australia and get 5 days work per week in term 4??

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