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Best Time of Year to Arrive

Timing your trip to the UK is a crucial part of your travels; arrive at the wrong time and you can be left with little or no work! Keeping an eye on the UK school calendar is one of the most important things you need to do when making your plans.


If you are looking to secure casual teaching in the UK then you can effectively arrive at any time; you don’t have to arrive at the start of the year or school term. The UK school year runs from September through to the following July; we recommend arriving as early in this school year as possible so you can maximise your ability to teach (and earn money) throughout the UK academic year. Obviously this can cause a bit of a clash when our own school year finishes in December, however January/February is traditionally the busiest time for us both in regards to casual work available and also number of Aussie teachers travelling over to teach in England!


We can best summarise the arrival times using the 3 school terms in the UK:


Term 1: Early September – late December

  • Best time to arrive!
  • Work is readily available from the second week of term onwards (and we can offer guaranteed casual work after the third week!)
  • This allows you to arrive, get settled and teach (and earn money) for the bulk of the school year (plus enjoy a White Christmas!)


Term 2: Early January – Easter

  • Still a great time and traditionally the most popular as it coincides with the end of our own academic year in Australia
  • Busiest in regards to casual work too; schools are flat out, cold & flu season is at its peak and teacher absence is the highest of the year
  • We recommend arriving as early in this term as possible


Term 3: April – mid July

  • Still work available however the last 2 weeks of school (especially for Secondary teachers) can drop off
  • This leaves you quite close to the 6 week summer holiday period (where you won’t be teaching and earning money)
  • If you don’t have much savings behind you it is best to avoid arriving late in Term 3 as you’ll then have to support yourself over their summer break without teaching work!


In summary you can effectively arrive at any time of the school year and begin your casual teaching in the UK, however the earlier in this school year you arrive the better. Whatever time of year you arrive we’ll be getting you out for as much work as you need – after all, that’s our job – so you can really enjoy your teaching experience in the UK.


Want to discuss your own travel plans with Protocol’s Australian-based consultants? Get in touch with us via email at or call 1800 246 436 for more info on the best times of year to arrive!


Tags: UK School Terms, Casual teaching in the UK, Guaranteed casual work

Category: Australian Teachers

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