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Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve heard it’s really difficult to set up a bank account in the UK. Should I set one up before I leave Australia?
True, it can be difficult to set up a bank account, but not if you are registered with Protocol Education. We have a link with HSBC bank and will give you application forms at your UK Induction that will enable you to open a bank account immediately. The best thing about it is that it is free to set up and there is no monthly bank fee to pay in the UK.

I am really keen to get accommodation sorted before I leave. Is it wise to lock into long term accommodation and pay bond and rent upfront?
Definitely not, this usually ends in tears or at least teachers being out of pocket or very unimpressed with their new digs. By all means check out what is around and prices, but do not sign any contracts or pay any bond or rental fees before arriving and viewing the property in person. Unfortunately there are a few dodgy people out there who will be more than happy to scam an unsuspecting Aussie out of a few months rent. However legitimate and nice they may seem, do not hand over any money.

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 Late September/early October or from mid January.

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.

Can’t I just register with an Education Recruitment agency once I arrive in the UK?
Sure you can, but your dollars will go pretty quickly while you wait around for the agency checks your references and waits for an Overseas Police check to be processed, let alone waiting for your CRB (UK Police Check) to come back. Do yourself a favour and get it all sorted before you step on the plane. Remember registering with Protocol Education is a completely free service so what do you have to lose?

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: for more info about UK visas.

Contact one of Protocol Education's Australian Offices for answers to your questions about teaching in the UK.


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