Urgent advice for teachers travelling to the UK

We are seeing a worrying trend of teachers who arrive in the UK from abroad tied into agreements with teaching agencies who are placing them at unsuitable schools, often nowhere near where they were expecting to teach.

Some teacher supply agencies offer ‘free flights’ in exchange for an exclusive commitment to that agency.

These placements and assignments might be anywhere around the UK. Many teachers tell us that none of the offered placements are suitable but they are unable to look for work outside of that agency because they are tied to them for the debt of their flights.

It is imperative that teachers considering travelling to the UK check the terms and conditions of their agreement carefully.

If you are expected to pay back the flight costs, then it’s best to pay to get yourself here and enjoy the freedom to use any agency you like. 

If you are looking for teaching jobs in the UK, schools are far more interested when you’re here, and the UK is short of teachers! So there is little benefit to tying yourself to one agency for the sake of guaranteeing (sometimes unsuitable) work but losing your right to choose other, better opportunities.  Teachers of ‘shortage subjects’ including science, maths and languages are in especially high demand.

At Eteach, we have been welcoming teachers from all over the world for supply and permanent teaching posts for over 15 years. We offer one of the most competitive pay rates available and don’t skim our supply teachers’ pay for any umbrella company. We pay via PAYE so your tax is taken care of – making everything as straightforward as possible. We would love to welcome you, on your terms.


Author: Katie Newell

Katie Newell

Katie Newell BA(Hons) PGCE is an ex-primary school teacher, Head of Maths, Head of Year five and languages specialist. Katie qualified in Psychology at Liverpool then specialised in Primary Languages for her PGCE at Reading. Before teaching, Katie was a financial commentator and is now the Content Manager for Eteach.com and Fejobs.com. Katie feels passionately that teachers are the unsung heroes of society; that opening minds to creative timetabling could revolutionise keeping women in teaching, and that a total change to pupil feedback is the key to solving the work life balance issue for the best job in the world.

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