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TeachLondon’s Overseas Office recruits passionate, career teachers year-round. All our international teachers are screened and fully vetted by experienced staff before being cleared to work in your school. Gain access to a unique talent pool of international teachers, available to relocate year-round. Our International candidates are available for PPA (covering planning, preparation and assessment time for teachers within a school), contract or permanent positions.

  • View recorded video interviews of each candidate, to compare with local teaching talent.
  • Connect and interview candidates via online video platforms.
  • The vast majority of our international teachers have UK working rights. Most teachers travel and work in the UK on a Youth Mobility Scheme Visa, Ancestry Visa, Spousal Visa or on their British Passport.
  • TeachLondon can also support schools that would like to sponsor an experienced international teacher (they have often previously taught in the UK).
Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Teachers

About our Teachers

The key countries we recruit from are Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The reason for this is three fold. Firstly, the majority of teachers from these countries have access to UK working rights via the Youth Mobility Visa. Secondly, the education systems in these countries are very similar to the UK, so integration into the UK system is a smooth transition. Lastly, the quality of the training is very high with most teachers completing an education-specific Bachelor of Education or Masters of Teaching.

TeachLondon also recruit teachers from other locations if they have recent British National Curriculum experience or access to UK Working Rights.

Recruitment Options

Long term Vacancies

Fixed-term contracts or long term contracts are a great way for schools to employ an international teacher on timesheets for a fixed period, with the option for direct employment after the teacher has settled in and proved that they are the right permanent fit.

Securing a high quality, overseas teacher to cover an unfilled vacancy,  maternity leave or long term sickness contract is often the perfect match for both parties. We offer transition options that help schools move from timesheets to direct employment.

One or two-term contracts or full-year contract positions are exactly what many of our overseas teachers are looking for, as they transition into the British education system. 

We encourage you to recruit early to secure top talent and enjoy ongoing support from TeachLondon, as your contract teacher slots into their role in your school. 

TeachLondon Long term vacancies

PPA Vacancies

International teachers are often a perfect fit for a PPA role in your school. A PPA teacher is employed to cover the Planning, Preparation and Assessment time given to permanent staff members of staff and our teachers often have multiple specialty areas and they are flexible and adaptable by nature, having relocated to the other side of the world to work in a British school. We provide schools with PPA teachers that thrive on variety, have a ‘can do’ attitude, and can build rapport quickly with pupils and other staff.  

If you partner with TeachLondon, we have an extensive network of candidates looking for PPA roles across London. These teachers are dynamic educators, who can hit the ground running, enjoy variety, and turn their hand to all key learning areas. They often have special skills that will enhance classrooms across your school.

SLT Vacancies

Often senior teachers, administrators, head of departments, deputies, and headteachers look for the challenge of an international placement after achieving great heights in their home country. 

They have a wealth of experience and expertise and would like the opportunity to take on leadership roles in London schools. Many have previously taught in the UK, are British trained, or have UK working rights through marriage. Unlock a talent pool of exceptional leaders for your SLT vacancies. 


TeachLondon is made up of qualified teaching staff, many able to offer group and bespoke educational CPD designed to upskill and support local and international teachers.

Whether a specific teacher needs bespoke support or they choose to take part in our regular CPD sessions on topics such as Positive Behaviour Management or Wellbeing, we are there to upskill and support the teachers we provide to London schools. 

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Quality Overseas Career Teachers

Our overseas office is continuously developing a pipeline of skilled overseas teachers in Early Years, Primary, Secondary, and SEN. We have career teachers available for key hiring seasons in September and January as well as arrivals year round. Get in touch to request a teacher.

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Many overseas teachers arriving to work in the UK are eligible and have QTS. We will make sure your school is fully aware of their teaching status. Those that are ineligible for QTS are usually ECTs but they have the ability to work as an overseas teacher in the UK for up to 4 years before there is a problem. Most international teachers can take the ‘Assessment Only’ pathway to gain QTS after they have been teaching in the UK for over 2 years, in at least 2 British schools.

Since September 2023, the UK Government has created a fairer approach to awarding overseas teachers, British Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through the Professional Qualifications Act. Most Australian, New Zealand and Canadian teachers are eligible for QTS after they have gained proficiency in their home country. Read more here

Our role is provide your school with a fully compliant candidate. We are experts in sourcing suitable candidates and helping them over an 18 month period to prepare for their UK teaching adventure. After you decide to take one of our candidates on, we will guide you through the process, and make it as seamless as possible. You can choose to employ a candidate directly or take them on timesheets, so we are their employer.

TeachLondon consultants are trained to fully vett and support international teachers planning to teach in the UK. The vetting process includes: reviewing resumes, reading cover letters, conducting phone or video interviews, checking references and running background checks and then we support teachers with visa applications, interview preparation and ongoing transitional advice and support.

The length of time you wish to employ one of our candidates is up to you, but most teachers we support to come to the UK to work are career-focused and hoping to make an up-front commitment of two terms or more. 

You may decide to make an initial offer of two terms, employ them for a full school year, or appoint them directly with a view to permanency. Sometimes we have teachers looking for PPA or shorter-term contracts and these would be suitable for short maternity cover roles and long-term sickness vacancies you may have. 

You will need to support your new overseas teacher to transition successfully into your school community. ECTs will need to be assigned a Mentor and there will be a period where they have lots of questions and will likely feel a little overwhelmed.  

The good news is that any international teachers we present to London schools will have completed Safeguarding training and been offered insight into the British National Curriculum, school year, and how to successfully transition into British schools. We have created a seven-part series available to overseas teachers which covers areas like Behaviour Management, Inclusion, Time Management, and much more. We also have an Aspiring Leaders series for more experienced educators.

We are here to partner with your school and make sure that your new international teacher hits the ground running and is supported as needed as they get started in your school. 

You can choose to employ a TeachLondon candidate directly and pay them a monthly salary through your payroll or they can be employed on timesheets through TeachLondon. Talk to us about the options available to your school. Most schools start with taking a teacher through TeachLondon on timesheets and after 2-3 terms taking them on as a permanent staff member.

It is expensive and time-consuming to attract, recruit, identify, and support top international teachers who want to work in London schools. The process of helping an international teacher make the move to the UK, takes anywhere from 6-18 months and requires full-time staff locally and internationally. They are one-off payment options to take on our candidates directly or they can be employed on timesheets and your school can be charged a daily management fee. This is for a set period until the candidate will no longer carry a fee.

If you hire a teacher through TeachLondon we will provide you with an up-to-date CV, references, identification documents, overseas police checks and a DBS check, teaching qualifications, and their right-to-work document. They will also sign registration forms and complete Safeguarding training. If your school chooses to employ a teacher directly, generally your school will manage the DBS process. 

Most overseas teachers we support are traveling to the UK on a Youth Mobility Scheme visa, which is initially a two-year visa, with the ability to extend it for a third year. The Youth Mobility Scheme visa allows 18-35-year-olds from New Zealand, Australia, and Canada, (and other participating countries) to live and work in the UK. 

Some of our teachers hold a British passport or have British parents or grandparents and are eligible to apply for a 5-year Ancestry visa. Some candidates have a British partner and can gain a spousal settlement visa. Those who have graduated from one of the top 50 universities in the world in the last 5 years can also apply for a 2-year, High Potential Visa. 

Teachers without any of these pathways will be keen to secure a sponsored position at a school and we can help your school navigate the sponsorship process. This will allow your school to retain overseas teachers with visas that are about to expire and directly employ experienced, high-demand teachers without a visa option to work in the UK. 

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