Frequently Asked Questions

UK locations: Where can I work?
The majority of positions that we are asked to find suitable candidates for are in the East and South East of England (including London) as this is where the largest population is. In general, the more flexible you are on location, the more opportunities there are likely to be. London is a popular location, as well as the surrounding counties such as Kent, Essex Hertfordshire and the other counties known as the ‘home counties’.

International locations: Where can I work?
The majority of positions that we are asked to find suitable candidates for are in China through our associations with different schools, groups of schools and governments. However, we also work with International schools in Bangladesh, the Middle East and other parts of the world.

We are always looking for well qualified teachers of Montessori, Nursery (under 5 year olds), Primary/Elementary and Secondary (subject specific teachers for ages 11 – 18 years).

Types of work: What sort of work can I do?
We mainly work with schools on long-term and permanent positions. However, we currently offer the opportunity to carry out supply teaching on a day to day basis in Kent and Medway. Each way of working has its own benefits:

Long-term Work:

  • Assignments usually last 6 weeks or longer and sometimes a year or 2
  • Weekly pay
  • Continuity of employment and rapport with children and school
  • Greater support from the school
  • Continuity with lesson planning and preparation

Permanent Work:

  • Security with permanent contracts
  • Paid by the school directly as the school is your employer
  • Long-term lesson planning and preparation

Extended benefits such as greater access to professional development

Day-to-day Supply Work (Casual Relief/Substitution):

  • Flexible working schedule
  • Variety of experience
  • Weekly pay

UK teacher pay: What is the rate of pay for a teacher in the UK?
For permanent positions, salaries are paid according to main pay scales, updated each September by the Government. The rate depends on your level of experience and where you teach in the UK – click here for the latest pay scales.

A daily rate is offered for supply and long-term positions – Recruitment for Education (REd Teachers) rates of pay are extremely competitive.

International teacher pay: What is the rate of pay for a teacher?
This varies according to where you are based, the experience that you have and so on. However, lots of positions have excellent salaries as well as free accommodation, free flights and medical cover as benefits. There is not a ‘one size fits all’ for international schools but this would be discussed with you on an individual basis.

Types of schools: What kind of schools will I teach in?
The opportunities within UK and International schools are hugely varied. Recruitment for Education (REd Teachers) is well-known for providing excellent staff to schools. We work with a wide ranges of State (Government funded) Schools, Academies, Grammar, Special, International and Private/Independent (fee paying) schools.

The following link gives good information on UK schools - Training & Development website.

When is the best time for me to start work in the UK or internationally?
There are opportunities to start work in the UK right across the school year. However, a good time to start a new job in a school would be September (the new academic year) and January for the second term when we have large numbers of work opportunities. If you are travelling from abroad, you need to arrive at least a week before term starts.

For our international schools, the best time to start work would be for in September, you would be expected to arrive at the school in late August. There are always exceptions to the rule and we do get positions starting at other times of the year so these are just guidelines.

Is there a fee for candidates?
No; the service that we provide is completely free for Recruitment for Education (REd Teachers) candidates.

Where can I find out about teaching jobs?
You can apply immediately for posts registered with us (Click here to view current vacancies). Recruitment for Education (REd Teachers) works with a wide range of schools to provide qualified teachers and teaching support staff, and will advise you on all opportunities available.

How can I secure a position?
Supply/Relief (day-to-day) positions in Kent and Medway will become available at short notice so you will need to be registered in advance to take up one of these positions. Many teachers and support staff secure long term jobs following a supply assignment. Along with the schools, Recruitment for Education (REd Teachers) arranges phone, Skype, and face-to-face interviews for permanent and long-term positions.

How can I ensure that I have the best chance of securing a teaching position through an interview?
Thorough preparation for interview and research about the prospective school will greatly increase the chances of success when interviewing. A comprehensive and well presented CV/Resume that is ‘school friendly’ will certainly be crucial in securing the interview in the first place! We at REd will help you prepare a relevant CV and you can use the CV template as a guide if it would be helpful. The team at REd will also help you prepare prior to your interview.

What is the structure of education?
Education in England and Wales is divided into: primary, secondary and further education. Compulsory education lasts for 11 years and statutory schooling ages are between 5 to 16 years, but many schools and colleges extend to age 18. Some nursery schools that Recruitment for Education (REd Teachers) work with also teach children up to 5 years old.

The Structure of Education in the UK website provides more information on this. Click here for an alternative source of information on UK Education System.

Our international schools have a similar structure, on the whole, but there are significant differences depending on the curriculum and country the school is in.

What does the UK academic year look like?
For more specific information please Click here

The academic year begins in September, and has three terms:

  • Autumn Term: September to December (with a ‘half term’ break of one week)
  • Spring Term: January to March/April (with a ‘half term’ break of one week)
  • Summer Term: April to July (with a ‘half term’ break of one week)
  • Schools break for two weeks at Christmas and Easter and five/six weeks over the summer (July and August).

When are international schools looking for teachers to start?
The bulk of teacher placements begin in late August or early September but we occasionally have vacancies throughout the year. Interviews can be at any time but tend to start in January for September placements.

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