Surviving UK school


Are you a Grad, Primary or High School teacher looking to make the move to teach in the UK?

Teaching in the UK is probably different from anything you’ll have experienced in the past, but a vast majority of the processes and skills needed are the same.

Regardless of whether you’re employed on a fixed term, permanent or supply basis, you can expect your day to involve lesson preparation, marking, administrative duties and potentially extracurricular activities.

You’ll need to embrace these duties and approach the new education system with an open mind if you wish to settle in quickly.

What you need to know

Coming into a new curriculum can be challenging but you won’t be expected to know everything straight away, although you may need to learn it over time.

Lesson planning takes a degree of getting used to, as will the delivery of it, while the assessment tools may also require a little practice.

Having some of your own materials and techniques can help the settling in process, as it means you’ll have something you know to fall back on.

Planning and behavioural management are both key to keeping the class focused and engaged, and these processes can be gradually developed over time.

Follow the Teaching Standards

You can also expect to be judged by both your peers and your pupils in the early stages of your teaching career.

A key part of teaching in the UK relates to meeting a set of formal Teachers’ Standards – these outline the minimum standards for practise and conduct, although you should want to excel beyond them.

Tying in your lessons to the curriculum is key, as is ensuring they are engaging – ultimately you will be judged on the performance of your pupils so you’ll need to find a way of ensuring they achieve their potential.

Showcase your passion

Fitting into a new school setting is a great deal easier if you can showcase your passion for teaching and the wider profession.

You’ll be a pivotal member of the school community and you can expect children, colleagues and parents to notice how you behave – especially if you’re leading by example.

By doing a little bit extra at certain times, you’ll grow to be a valued member of the team and you should find that others are much more willing to repay the favour.