1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Hi Guest, welcome to the TES Community!

    Connect with like-minded education professionals and have your say on the issues that matter to you.

    Don't forget to look at the how to guide.

    Dismiss Notice

Australian Graduate Teacher Wanting to work in the UK

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by AnnieHF, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. AnnieHF

    AnnieHF New commenter


    I'm new to this community but have a question about working in the UK as an Australian graduate teacher.

    I am an undergraduate student studying a bachelor of primary education with an additional specialisation in creative arts in Australia in my final year of university and I was thinking about applying for work in the UK after I have graduated at the end of 2019.

    I was wondering what the situation regarding new graduate teachers from Australia would be in the UK- eg. likelihood of being hired, whether I should be applying for more casual jobs before I apply for permanent or long-term positions, whether it's difficult to work in a school with a different curriculum, and where would be the best places to apply for work?
    I am not worried about visas as I am qualified to get an ancestry visa.

    Thanks very much,
  2. englishtt06

    englishtt06 Occasional commenter

    Anecdotally, I'd say there are plenty of Aussie teachers in the UK. The last CPD I attended in London for GCSE was frequented by more antipodeans than pommies! (Couldn't say about primary, though) However, I suspect you will find more direct, relevant experience and advice by posting in the TES forum for teachers trained overseas (and are working in the UK)....

    You can find it here:

  3. T0nyGT

    T0nyGT Lead commenter

    I would think very long and hard. Teaching in the UK is a very stressful and very financially unrewarding career. Unless you're in some elite private school you will spend an inordinate amount of time dealing with extremely poor behaviour and a substantial amount of paperwork. Add in to that the 364 days a year of cloud and rain and it makes for a miserable existence.

    I taught in the UK for 4 years and I would never, ever do it again.
  4. february31st

    february31st Established commenter

    The UK government opened teaching to all Commonwealth Qualified teachers. Nearly going down to MoE low levels to find teachers willing to work in the UK.

    Any school will welcome you with open arms and the students with verbal abuse. As I understand it similar conditions to working in parts of Australia.

    If one of parents was British you can apply for a Certificate of Right of Abode which gives you full UK Citizenship rights.
  5. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    Best place to apply would be London, due to the number of primary schools per geographical area. Also there's a lot of aussies so it's fairly easy to find some of the things from home you may miss (veggiemite?). It has a large/friendly touch community if you like that as well.
  6. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

  7. Daredevil111

    Daredevil111 New commenter

    I’d be careful. England schools are not the best.

    If you’re passing by then yes. Other than that I wouldn’t recommend. Sorry if this isn’t helpful.
    T0nyGT likes this.
  8. ed717

    ed717 New commenter

    As many have already said... be very wary. They are desperate for teachers for good reason - until they sort out this blame culture and respect teachers as human beings and not robots I won't touch a UK school with a barge pole.

Share This Page