South Africa

Teaching in the UK is a thrilling experience for South African teachers

South African teachers have the world at their feet because schools in the UK, the UAE and Asian countries such as China are all looking for gifted educators. Whether you are travelling solo or with your family, we will find the right move for you.

So not only does a move overseas mean South African teachers with a wanderlust get a chance to explore a new part of the world during the school holidays, it’s often hugely beneficial professionally too. The high number of teaching and relief vacancies worldwide mean newly qualified teachers are likely to walk straight into their own classroom and more established educators get to take on new challenges and responsibility.

For those who come to the UK to teach, you’ll find your British teaching experience will open doors for you at British International Schools all over the world.

Wherever you choose to teach, TimePlan Education is here to make your teaching adventure a stress-free reality. Not only will our supportive and experienced team help you gather the correct documentation, find you a vacancy that fits your career goals and assist with training and interview preparation, you’ll become part of our extended family, enjoying friendly emotional support and a full calendar of social events from the minute you arrive.

Apply now! Click here to complete our five-minute online registration and let your overseas adventure begin.


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Why register with TimePlan Education?

We have hundreds of vacancies in UK schools at any one time and we pride ourselves on being able to match your talents and ambitions with a school that will recognise them. But finding you a satisfying new teaching job is not all TimePlan Education offers. We can help with all aspects of your relocation from visa and work permits, to finding you accommodation and setting you up with a doctor and a British bank. We also know how important travel is to you, so we arrange trips in the UK and Europe with other TimePlan teachers, so you’ll return home with incredible memories and lifelong friends.

£2,000 relocation Package

TimePlan Education’s generous relocation plan is designed to help our Canadian teachers get the most out of their UK teaching experience. Adding up to over £2,000 of benefits over two years, you’ll receive both cash payments to use however you choose and travel vouchers to spend exploring the UK and Europe.

Read more about our wrap-around relocation package and start your UK adventure today.

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Register with us

Complete our simple registration process and we’ll start looking for your perfect job.

Visas for South African teachers in the UK

South Africans hoping to work in the UK will need a British or EU passport, have British ancestry or be eligible for a tier 2 sponsor visa. Tier 2 visas are only available to what our government deem shortage occupation subjects which at the moment are: Maths, science with physics, Mandarin and computer science.

If you are unsure, our government's website has a great tool for checking which if any visa you will need. You can find that here.

These visa restrictions only apply if you want to teach within the UK.

If you're not eligible for one of these visas, TimePlan Education may still be able to assist you finding work in other parts of the world, such as the U.A.E. or China.


Check out our FAQ.

Your qualifications and career progression

What Qualification will South African teachers need in the UK?

South African teachers will need to hold a full teaching qualification, such as a BEd or a PGCE. South African teachers must also hold full SACE registration.

What is QTS?

QTS, Qualified Teacher Status, is an accreditation given to qualified teachers in the UK, many schools see it as a gold standard for teachers, South African teachers can teach for up to four years before they need QTS.

How do I get QTS?

Teachers from South African are unable to gain automatic QTS but can teach in the UK for up to 4 years without it. If you intend to work in the UK for more than 4 years, you will need to gain QTS through the Assessment Only Route (AOR).