Teach in the UK• 3 Min read

25th May 2021

Australian School Years Compared To The UK

There’s lots to get your head around when you are considering an international move. Teaching in a new country is both exciting and nerve-wracking –  it can reduce your trepidation to find out as much as possible about the country you are dreaming of living in!  In this blog, we’ll look at how some of the similarities that you might find between UK and Australian schools, and how term dates and the school year compare. 

What Do Australian Schools and UK Schools Have In Common?

You’ll find there are many similarities between schools in the UK and in Australia. Both countries have outstanding government-led education provision up to higher education as well as private options, accessible through paid means or bursaries. Expectations on behaviour and achievement are similar and school premises are likely to be modern and well-equipped, especially in town and city centres. Education is considered a high priority for government spending in both countries.

The UK has an ongoing shortage of teachers, especially in STEM subjects and many schools that we work with are happy to hire teachers from Australia and all over the world. There are some fantastic opportunities for travel, career progression and personal development available to teachers who are willing to make the move!

READ MORE: International Teaching Jobs For Australians: What Are My Options?


In the UK, the school year runs from September to July and is made up of 3 thirteen week terms. Each term is separated by a break of several weeks (6 in the summer) and is split by a half-term holiday of a week. 

DATES FOR 2021/2022

Start of term: 1 September 2021

Half term holiday: 25 October 2021 – 29 October 2021

Christmas holiday: 22 December 2021 – 4 January 2022

Half term holiday: 14 February 2022 – 18 February 2022

Easter holiday: 4 April 2022 – 18 April 2022

Half term holiday: 30 May 2022 – 3 June 2022

Summer holiday: 25 July 2022 – 31 August 2022

Dates can vary by one or two days as schools in the UK have the option to use INSET days either end of their holidays. It’s worth checking with the school you’ll be working at for their exact calendar, as all schools have INSET days and use them at different times!


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