Teaching in the UK is a thrilling experience for American teachers

TimePlan Education has great relationships with schools all over the world. From China, to Abu Dhabi and Dubai and of course the UK, we have teaching and support staff vacancies to suit the skills and ambitions of American teachers.

So not only does a move overseas mean American 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.

If you choose to take up a teaching job in the UK, when your overseas post ends, you’ll find the experience has opened doors for you at British International Schools all over the world.

Wherever you choose to relocate, 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.

Job search

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Register with us

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

Visas for American teachers in the UK

Americans hoping to work in the UK will need a British or EU passport 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 American teachers need in the UK?

American teachers in the UK will need a Bachelor of Education (BEd), Master of Science in Teaching (MST), Master of Education (MEd), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) or equivalent and you must have an up to date state certification.

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.

Do I need QTS?

American Teachers that require sponsorship visas will need to be eligible for QTS to gain sponsorship.

How do I get QTS?

If you have a Bed, MST, MEd or MAT and full, permanent or professional state certification then in most cases you simply need to apply for it, free of charge. For a few states however you will be required to do an observation based assessment, this is only available if you do not need sponsorship, as QTS will be a prerequisite for sponsorship.