Teach in the UK• 3 Min read

2nd September 2020

Which Teaching Skills Are Most In Demand In The UK 2020?

If you are looking into teaching abroad, the UK is probably high on your list. It’s one of the most popular destinations for Canadians to teach, with similar term dates and a national shortage of teachers, especially in secondary education, opportunities for career progression and personal development are high. An increase in the birth rate and under recruitment of teachers for several years is blamed for the shortage of qualified teachers

Teachers with specialist subject knowledge are in high demand in many areas of the UK – you can search all of our subject-led job vacancies here.

What Teaching Skills Are Most In Demand In The UK?


You’ll find that schools are eager to connect with subject-specialist teachers, particularly around core subjects. Since undergraduates who majored in these subjects often start their careers in job roles other than teaching, there’s a definite shortage of core subject specialist teachers for secondary school roles.

Teachers with knowledge of Maths and Technology as well as Science, in particular knowledge of Physics, are in high demand in most areas of the UK.

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Research into long-term staffing solutions for the education sector has shown a potential deficit of up 19,000 senior teachers by 2022. Leadership experience in Canadian schools will be of benefit if you are looking to progress your teaching career into a leadership role in the UK

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Being a motivated self-starter will put you ahead of the competition in most jobs but it’s even more important for teachers looking to work abroad! The differing career path to becoming a qualified teacher in the UK means that even junior teachers might well be expected to start in their own classroom of up to 30 pupils in their early teaching posts. Having practical teaching experience will be seen as a real benefit when applying for jobs as well as making the transition to teaching in a different country much easier.

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In all teaching roles at home and abroad, being able to adapt to change in the working environment, especially in light of the current global situation, is a skill that all employers will be looking for in new recruits. Being flexible in the classroom, with your time and being able to adapt to new challenges are among the most sought after skills after academic qualifications or subject specialisms.  School leaders want to know they can trust their team members to manage lessons, behaviour and whatever else the day throws at them, so having some ready examples of flexibility in the workplace is a great idea for interviews!

Whatever your skillset, teaching in the UK offers exciting potential for both personal and professional growth, and Engage will be with you every step of the way! Register your details with us below to start planning your journey.

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