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7th July 2021

Overseas Recruitment: Hiring Great International Teachers For UK Schools

The last year has shaken up teacher recruitment all around the world. There’s been a shift in the perception of the profession, with teachers and support staff forming an essential cohort of the key workers that the UK relied on to get through the pandemic. Early indications suggest that’s led to more UK and Irish graduates choosing to train to teach. However, recruitment from abroad is still vital for the UK education system. Statistics from 2015-2017 showed that 12% of teachers in England had not been born here. Travel restrictions in 2021 led to a significant downturn in overseas teacher recruitment. For many, it becomes impossible to complete an already-planned move, leaving schools struggling to source qualified teachers during the times they were open. It’s vital we continue our work of recruiting fantastic teachers from around the world to fill staffing gaps in UK schools and that schools regain their confidence in hiring from abroad.

Can Overseas Teachers Come To UK And Teach?

Yes. The vast majority of international teachers qualifications from English-speaking countries are recognised in the UK. Schools can hire teachers from all around the world to bring their backgrounds and experience to their classrooms. Teachers require a Skilled Worker Visa, which we can support them to obtain once a job offer is in place. Our overseas teams are highly experienced and have helped hundreds of teachers make the move from all over the world! They will guide teachers through the visa process and offer lots of other relocation support too. For schools – this takes the admin work out of the equation and makes hiring overseas teachers really simple.

Looking to teach in the UK? Find our vacancies here!

How Are We Connecting With International teachers?

Throughout the last year, we’ve continued to run our popular iday events, which connect teachers from all around the world with schools in the UK looking for long term teaching staff. Our Virtual idays are a really accessible way for schools to meet with international teachers. Every candidate is fully screened and we perform all the necessary background, compliance and qualification checks so all hirers have to focus on is whether the candidate will be a good match for the role. This year we’ve worked with lots of talented teachers who are now making their final plans to come and teach in the UK during the next academic year.

You can book a Virtual Booth at one of our upcoming day events here.

Interviewing Overseas Teachers

We know it will always be preferable to meet a candidate in person especially for a role that depends so much on presence. However, technology has developed significantly over the last couple of years and remote interviews can take the place of in-person interviews successfully. We use easy-access and secure software for our virtual interviews. Our team support all our overseas and UK-based candidates in getting ready for virtual interviews, offering tips through our online content and direct support from our consultants and relocation teams.

What Happens Next?

Once an overseas teacher has been offered a role in a UK school, we’ll support them to apply for their visa and the relevant documents they need to work in the UK. We’ll guide them through the process – our support system is well established we want all our candidates to succeed in your school. From answering relocation questions to helping them source local accommodation through our dedicated Facebook groups, we’ll be their main point of contact until their start date.


Great teachers are the backbone of any school community. Travel restrictions over the last 16 months have significantly reduced the pool of teachers available to schools to hire, so sourcing great, passionate teachers for schools who want to recruit directly has become even more difficult. Working with an agency with access to a huge international pool of outstanding teachers means your school has the opportunity to make impactful hires with much less competition – and every teacher is full background-checked, compliant and passionate about working in a UK school.

How CAN You Start Hiring Great Overseas Teachers?

If you are looking to hire teachers for January 2022 or beyond, get in touch.  You can book a call with our local UK offices using the form below.

Talk To Us Today About Hiring Great Teachers

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