Teach in the UK• 3 Min read

3rd September 2020

Teaching Jobs: What Are The Different Types?

Every teaching job is different and poses different challenges, whether heading up a department in an exclusive private school or working as a teaching assistant helping to deliver intervention support for disadvantaged pupils. There are lots of opportunities at all levels within the UK school system. For Irish teachers coming to the UK, it makes sense to focus your search on the type of school you would like to teach in. Don’t forget, qualified teachers from Ireland can teach in the UK without QTS for up to 4 years, as long as they have full registration with the Irish Teaching Council – find out how in our detailed blog here!

Where In The UK School System Should You Teach?

Teaching roles exist from Early Years up to Higher Education. For the vast majority of teachers looking to move from Ireland to the UK, Primary and Secondary schools are the top choice – there’s lots of choice in roles and location and often don’t require years of classroom experience to land the role.


Primary school teachers in the UK are solely responsible for the education of their class for the duration of the school year and will teach most of the curriculum, with support from teaching assistants. Class sizes are around 30 pupils although private schools may have considerably less!


In the UK, pupils in secondary school are allocated a form tutor who will manage their registration, pastoral care and monitor their academic and personal development and the rest of their education is delivered by subject specialist teachers. There’s a significant shortage of core subject teachers in the UK secondary school system which makes it a fantastic choice for Mathematics, Science or Technology teachers looking for a role abroad.

Looked-After Children

Not all children are able to attend school and there are various provisions in the UK for children who are outside of the standard school system. Teachers may choose to work in a SEND setting or offer educational support for children in long-term hospital or hospice care or who have severe behavioural difficulties. Find out more and meet our SEN team here.

Further & Higher Education

Further and Higher Education professions are expected to deliver both basic English and Maths skills were needed and academic and vocational learning. Working in post-16 (sometimes post 14 depending on the career path of the pupil!) education in the UK requires a teaching qualification that is relevant to the level of responsibility. It’s usual for college and university lecturers to have a specialist subject – find out more here

Can I Work In UK Schools Without A Degree?

You don’t need a degree to start working in education. There are lots of exciting and rewarding roles in schools that don’t require you to be a qualified teacher. These vary from teaching assistant and tutors to support for after-school provisions and childcare. As schools build their Coronavirus recovery strategies and look to close the attainment gap caused by school closures, we expect to see an uptake in schools hiring teaching assistants to help pupils requiring intervention support – find out more about how schools might plug the gap here.

If you aren’t yet qualified and looking to teach in the UK, why not explore our unique Teacher Training programme. We can support you during your training in a UK school whilst you become a qualified teacher, and you’ll receive a salary too. Find out all the details below!


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