South African Teachers in the UK

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Thinking of teaching in the UK, earning money and travelling the globe? That’s exactly what hundreds of South African teachers have done with the help of TimePlan!

Teaching careers have can greatly enriched by the experience of teaching abroad. Whether you wish to travel over weekends and school holidays or further your career with long term teaching jobs in England or Scotland, we can help!

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Available to teachers relocating from South Africa to work for TimePlan Education from January 2018 to December 2018.

First Year £1,000
  • £100 in you first pay cheque
  • £300 at the end of your first term
  • European holiday / £300 Contiki or Topdeck Voucher
  • £300 at the end of your third term
Second Year £1,000
  • Choose between one of the following:
  • either £1,000 at the end of your second year
  • a £300 Contiki or Topdeck voucher and £700 bonus at the end of the year.


We understand the wanderlust of many of the teachers coming to the UK from South Africa and how much of an attraction the ease of traveling in Europe from the UK is. So to help with your adventures we’ve teamed up with travel companies Contiki and Topdeck to be able to offer you a free holiday in Europe, for your first two years!


Easter in Amsterdam

Explore Amsterdam by land and sea! Travel with a Contiki group to explore the city’s famous canals with a night time canal cruise. Then in the morning visit the famous tulip gardens of Keukenhof and soak up the culture in Amsterdam’s world famous museums, trendy cafés and shops. You’ll also get the chance to hop on a bike and take a tour through the scenic village of Edam, famous for its windmills and cheese!


Easter in Paris

Fancy spending Easter in Paree? Qui, qui! Whisk away from London to Paris on this memorable three night jaunt, where you’ll experience all the City of Light has to offer and more. Cruise the River Seine, shop along the Champs-Élysées, ascend the Eiffel Tower and devour as many macaroons, crème brulees and pain au chocolates as you can handle.

Easter in Bruges

Bruges is calling. Join your fellow teachers on this four-day escape to the fairytale-like Belgian city, where cobblestone streets and medieval buildings are in abundance and getting around in a horse-drawn carriage is totally the norm. With a chocolate demonstration and a brewery visit to help wash it all down, this is guaranteed to be an Easter to remember.

Or you can get a £300 voucher for any Contiki or Topdeck Holiday!
Subject to availability and change. Terms and conditions apply.


To ease the burden of relocation and to help make your arrival in the UK as simple as possible we are able to offer employee housing. TimePlan in partnership with Arrive Homes has rooms reserved for you to rent in shared housing with other TimePlan Teachers.

The benefits of TimePlan housing include:

  • affordable monthly rent that includes all utilities and internet bills
  • a fully furnished house, ready to move in the day you land in the UK
  • no fixed lease, leave with as little as 2 months notice
  • great locations with ease of access to public transport
  • no need for reference or credit checks

In our accommodation, you will be with other like-minded TimePlan Teachers from around the world enjoying a similar experience to you. We also cater to teachers and their partners, as well as groups of friends and because of this, the housing has a real community feel about it, where many life-long friendships are forged.

Once our coordinators find you your ideal job, they can then coordinate with our accommodation partners to secure you a room in a location suitable for you. This service has been designed to take away all the hassle, cost and risk of finding a suitable place to live when you first arrive in the UK.


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Visa Options for South African teachers

Due to immigration changes, it has become increasingly more difficult for South Africans to qualify for a working visa however there are a few other options:

EEA/British Passport:

If you have a British or European Economic Area (EEA) passport you are eligible to work in the UK without a work visa. If you have a parent that was born in the UK or another EEA Country you may be eligible for a passport from that country. Alternatively, if you are married to a British or EEA passport holder you may be eligible for a Spousal Visa.


If you have a grandparent who was born in the UK, you may be eligible for an Ancestry Visa. This entitles you to work in the UK for 5 years. You will need to provide birth certificates to prove your ancestry.

Tier 2 Sponsored Skilled Workers:

A Tier 2 Visa offers routes into the UK for skilled workers who have a job offer from a UK-based employer who is registered as a sponsor. This means that you can work in the UK only once you have secured a job offer and have gone through the visa application process.

Due to the current immigration restrictions the only teachers being granted Tier 2 Visas are those teaching maths, computer science, Mandarin and physics.

For more detailed information about visas and to check your eligibility please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website or give your nearest British Embassy or Consulate a call.

Take a look at our Useful Info pages. They provide additional information about Living in the UK, Teaching in the UK, Our UK offices and Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have a EEA/British passport or think you might be eligible for a visa then please fill in our online registration form, browse our current vacancies, and feel free to get in touch by emailing or give us a call at: +44 (0)208 371 8058