10 Step Guide to Getting Organised

Follow this guide to being organised for teaching in the UK and guarantee that all bases are covered, from starting your job search, right through to your first day in your new school.

  1. Submit your CV online or contact our International Office in Melbourne. You will be contacted within 24 hours to discuss your plans, have your queries answered and to discuss current opportunities.
  2. Apply for your Visa if you know the date you will be arriving in the UK. See our ‘Working in the UK – Visas’ section for information on how to apply and which Visa you can apply for. British or EU passport holders do not require a Visa to work in the UK.
  3. On receipt of your Visa, book your flight to the UK. Heathrow Airport in London is the most common arrival point for long distance International flights to the UK.
  4. Organise your Registration Interview. Call the team in the Melbourne office to inform them of your arrival date in London. You will then be given a date and time to meet with one of the friendly consultants in the Head Office in London.
  5. Organise all documentation that you are required to present in order to take up a teaching position in the UK. This includes teaching/education qualifications, police checks, written teaching references and passport/visa.  Providing written teaching references or performance appraisals from colleagues who have seen you in action strengthens your application for jobs and gives our consultants a much greater chance of securing the type of role that meets your desired criteria.
  6. Get to know the UK Team. Speak with the UK based recruitment consultants prior to your departure to discuss current opportunities in London, the Home Counties, The North East or North West, South West, Yorkshire and the Humber or elsewhere, we have offices throughout England and Wales. Not only will this confirm that you are keen and eager to secure work, but will help you feel part of the Academics Team when you attend your registration interview and already know everyone in the office!
  7. Attend your first interview!  Before you attend an interview with a school (in person or via skype before your departure), take the time to research the school and the local area. Visit the school’s website, look up the national curriculum in that particular Key Stage and Subject area, and try to become familiar with the different teaching terminology used in the UK. Your Academics consultant will answer any questions or concerns that you have.
  8. Be completely prepared for your first day at work. If your job has been arranged prior to your arrival in the UK, ensure you have all relevant details regarding the post, including date and time of commencement, who you should report to, full address and details on how to get there by public transport etc.
  9. Organise your initial accommodation. Now is the time to ensure you have somewhere to stay as soon as you arrive in the UK, particularly for the first week.  This period will be an exciting and busy one so ensure you aren’t spending all of your time trying to find somewhere to sleep!
  10. Throw yourself a Farewell Party! Celebrate the beginning of your UK adventure with your family and friends!

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Denise - Primary School Teacher
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Elise - Science Teacher
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