Why teach in the UK?


The UK offers many top-quality opportunities to pursue a career in teaching, with staff often attracted by its broad curriculum, high demand for teaching jobs and a chance to make a real difference.

So, if you’re asking yourself why teach in the UK, here are a few reasons why you may want to swap your current role for life in a British classroom.

Your skills are in demand!

Teaching jobs in UK schools are very much in demand, both at primary and secondary school level, driven by a surge in pupil numbers.

Roles at primary level encompass all aspects of the curriculum, while those at secondary level require a level of subject specialism.

The core subjects, including, maths, English, the sciences and humanities, have all faced recruitment shortages in recent years, adding to the demand for UK teaching jobs that currently exist.

As well as an abundance of full time and permanent roles for overseas trained teachers, there is also a wide range of part-time and supply teaching opportunities available.

Take advantage of teaching freedom

The UK curriculum provides a great deal of freedom, as it outlines a broad set of expectations for each subject.

That means that teachers can be highly creative when it comes to the actual delivery of lessons and there is a huge array of resources available to assist you.

So, if you want the opportunity to inspire the next generation, a UK teaching job could give you the flexibility to try out new and imaginative approaches.

The key aspects of the UK curriculum are also broadly similar to what is taught in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, meaning the transition into a UK teaching role should be a simple one.

Spectacular cities

From the hustle and bustle of London, with its splendid mix of historic and contemporary architecture, rich cultural scene and great nightlife, to the likes of Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Bath and Bristol, the UK has plenty of exceptional cities in which to teach.

Each has its own charm and all of the amenities you need to ensure a healthy work-life balance in teaching.

Enhance your global appeal

Having knowledge of the UK curriculum and experience of teaching in UK schools is widely respected around the world, as it develops skills in a particular way.

As teaching puts an emphasis on independent thinking, teaching in these environments can bring challenges – overcoming these requires good management skills and an ability to think on your feet which can prove invaluable throughout your career.

Picking a teaching job in the UK could also open up opportunities in other countries in future, as many leading international schools value the experience you gain on British shores.

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