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Why Teach in England with Step Teachers?

Step Teachers was founded in 2000 by two friends, Jim an ICT & French Middle School Teacher and Marios a Secondary School History Teacher.  Their aim was to provide an honest and professional service to teachers and schools based on paying fairly and respecting the public purse.  20 years later, our google reviews would say we’ve done just that.

From our branches in London, Norwich, Plymouth, Stevenage, Romford and Cambridge, our teams help hundreds of overseas teachers find the right job in a part of England that best for them. 

As ex-teachers, we're passionate about developing winning careers that raise the standards of education. That’s why we work hard to maintain meaningful and long-standing partnerships, offering advice, guidance, and support when it’s needed the most.

Our overseas relocation service includes:

  • A dedicated and personal service
  • A wide range of urban and rural schools to choose from
  • Training and support to develop your career
  • Permanent, long-term and substitution positions to suit you
  • Financial security with our Guaranteed payment scheme
  • Ongoing support package from the Step Family to sooth any anxiety
  • Exceptional schools with training and support to develop your career.

Don’t let the coronavirus pandemic stop your dream from coming true

We have thousands of UK trained teachers working every day because the UK authorities have taken measures to ensure the safety of children and staff.  School’s have split their cohorts into ‘bubbles’ to minimise interaction between classes and year groups.  Step Teachers has also offered it’s schools the opportunity to use the same teachers to avoid teachers working in multiple schools each week.  Speak to your consultant about our ‘Continuity Bubble Agreements’.

How can teaching in England further your career?

Whether you’re looking to gain real-world teaching experience to take back to your home country or a way to kickstart a long-term career in international education, teaching in the UK with Step Teachers offers plenty of opportunities for rapid career development. 

  • ​Due to similarities in curricula, UK teaching opportunities are increasingly sought after by newly-qualified teachers currently experiencing a shortage of teaching roles in their home countries.
  • ​It will also jumpstart your international teaching career for those looking to find employment at international schools and programs in the Middle East and Asia. 
  • UK teaching and curriculum experience is highly valued by hiring schools abroad.
  • Teaching in the UK also offers a unique chance for you to foster effective classroom and behaviour management skills - skills that tend to be highly sought after by hiring schools back home and abroad.
What kind of documentation will I need?

​To work with Step Teachers, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Passport

  • Visa (e.g. Youth Mobility Visa)

  • Bank Statement

  • Driving Licence (Full/Provisional)

  • Police check

  • Teaching Qualification

  • Practising/Professional Teaching Certificate

  • References

What kind of VISA do I need?

The Youth Mobility Visa (YMV) - (Tier 5)

  • allows you to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years.

  • It costs £244.00 to apply through gov.uk

  • There is a £600.00 Healthcare surcharge

Eligibility

  • Must be aged 18 – 30 years

  • Have £1,890 in savings (a bank statement will need to be provided as evidence)

  • Come be from Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea or Taiwan

You can also apply if you’re 18 to 30 and a:

You cannot apply if you have:

  • Children who live with you

  • Children you are financially responsible for

  • Already been in the UK under the scheme or in the former ‘working holidaymaker’ category

Application can be made online via https://www.gov.uk/tier-5-youth-mobility but the applicant will need to get their fingerprints and photo taken at a visa application center in their home country (this is for the biometric residence permit). The biometric residence permit needs to be collected from a post office within 10 days of arriving in the UK.  The location of the post office depends on the UK address the applicant provides in their Visa application.  Most of our overseas candidates  (who choose to live in the Boroughs of Enfield, Haringey and Barnet) use the Step Teachers address as they do not have a UK address when they make the application. 

What is the hiring process?

We are proud to work within the parameters set by the UK Government's Crown Commercial Services, and as a leading teacher recruitment agency, we make it easy for you to find the right UK teaching job.

As former UK teachers ourselves, we’ve been in your shoes before. That’s why we’re committed to working with top-rated schools in the UK that can offer you great pay, awesome perks and lots of opportunities for you to hone your teaching skills!

We have a simple 3 step process!

  1. Find your country at the top of the page and fill in the application or click here

  2. After an initial screening interview with a Step Teachers resource coordinator, your application will go forward to hiring schools in the UK

  3. You’re hired! But it doesn’t end there - we’ll be with you every step of the way, helping to make the relocation process as easy as possible.

Where should I teach in the UK?

Our office network covers the whole of the south of the UK, giving us the opportunity to offer a wide range of teaching positions. Our London office provides overseas teachers with the opportunity to work in one of the most exciting cities in the world. Or you can choose to work in Plymouth, Norwich, Cambridge or Hertfordshire! Let your dedicated consultant know what geographical location you prefer! 

London
The capital of England and the United Kingdom, a multicultural and richly diverse city with many excellent schools offering some excellent opportunities. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. London has some of the best transportation links within the capital offering you easy access across the capital, across the country and even Europe via the Eurostar! 

Norwich 
A city in England's Norfolk County. The city has been described by the Sunday Times as ‘a fashionable city with a growing sense of cool and a reputation for architecture, style and innovation. It has been listed as one of the hipster cities around! The schools offer some excellent opportunities for teachers wishing to teach here!
 

Cambridge 
Cambridge is one of the few cities in the UK where cycling is among the most popular ways to get to work. In Cambridge, you are only 5 minutes away from some beautiful countryside and everything within the city is a short walk away! Home to the prestigious University of Cambridge, dating to 1209. Cambridge offers some excellent educational establishments for teachers to work in.  

Hertfordshire 
Hertfordshire is one of the home counties based on the outskirts of London. It is uniquely positioned to be outside of the hustle and bustle of busy London, yet offers excellent transport links of 20 minutes to travel into London, offering some excellent schools locally, the short commute will also put you in touch with many other schools within London too! Hertfordshire is one of the best places to live in the UK thanks to the good economic situation there, and great services. 

Plymouth 
Plymouth is a port city in Devon, southwest England. It’s known for its maritime heritage and historic Barbican district with narrow, cobbled streets. Plymouth offers some superb local schools and a fantastic environment to teach in. Being that it is based near the sea you are always near the fantastic and renowned coastlines based in the southwest. 

What is it like living in the UK?
Arts and culture in the UK

One of the most multicultural countries in the world, the UK is a diverse and tolerant place where hundreds of languages are spoken.

Home to a world-leading arts and cultural scene, the UK is a hub for art, theatre and museum lovers. London's Tate Modern and the National Gallery are two of the UK's most famous art spaces. Some of the world’s best live music venues and festivals are located in the UK - including the O2 arena and Glastonbury.

Social life in the UK

Although the UK has historically had a bit of a bad rep for serving up bland meals, consisting mostly of meat and potatoes, that couldn’t be further from the truth today. Whatever mood you’re in, you’ll find places to eat, to suit every taste and budget, on any UK high street.

Pubs and bars are popular hang-out spots for overseas teachers in the UK. British people, in general, are also big into watching sport. Don’t be alarmed by the colorful language that’s bound to ensure during an Arsenal v Chelsea match!

Oh, and take note - British pubs love holding pub quizzes. So start brushing up on your general knowledge now!

What is the UK education system is like?

​Education across the United Kingdom is overseen by the UK Government in England. The Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish governments are each responsible for education in their respective countries. The UK has a comparatively young teaching workforce - 60% of teachers are under forty and 30% are 30 years old or younger.

Education in England is overseen by the UK Department for Education and is broken up into five key stages:

                                               
Can I teach and travel?

Yes. You can choose between different jobs in schools, from permanent positions to supply (substitute) teaching. Our team will be able to help you identify the correct type of work in line with your needs. The Uk happens to be a beautiful place to live and explore. The UK is home to 15 national parks offering plenty of recreational activities. Due to its relatively small size, traveling around the UK on the National Express is easy and cheap.

From the wilderness of Dartmoor and the many miles of rugged coastline on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, the UK offers new teachers arrivals fantastic outdoor adventure activities to suit any interests.

Just remember to invest in a good rain jacket before you go trekking anywhere!

Traveling around Europe

Due to its proximity to Europe, one of the best perks of teaching in the UK is undoubtedly the extensive travel opportunities on offer. France and Belgium, for example, are a quick train ride away, while other destinations across Europe are easily accessible by air. And not only are flights affordable, many travel vendors also offer special discounted rates for teachers working in the UK.                                             ​

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