Applicants from Canada

Alongside gaining career changing experience, teaching in London is a great opportunity for Canadian teachers to divulge into the cities culture.

As teaching jobs are very few and far between in Canada is it very difficult to secure a position in your desired teaching role. However, London has hundreds of teaching jobs that could be suitable for you which plays a large part in overseas teachers looking for work in the UK to secure stability.

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Apply to teach in the UK

As an overseas trained teacher you will need to apply for a qualified teaching status (QTS) to be recognised as a teacher in the UK. Once you arrive in the UK it is important to have all your documents, including your DBS check, national police check and any qualification certificates so that you can present them to your employer.

Toronto vs London living costs

Take a look at this comparison table at the living cost differences between London and Toronto. Even though it is slightly more expensive to live in London rather than Toronto, the high wage for teachers will allow you to live comfortably. Please see our UK Living Costs article.

You might be surprised that flights from Toronto to London one way start from only £313.00.

The starting wage for teachers in London is £28,096 but there are countless opportunities available to increase your salary even further.

Making the move from Canada to London

As a Canadian citizen, you will need to apply for a visa to qualify to live and work in the UK, the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme will be most suitable for you and it lasts up to years. It cost £230.00 to apply for this visa and you should receive a decision with 3 weeks but it is advised that you give yourself more time.

You will need to open a UK bank account, however this couldn’t be any simpler, all you need to do is get in touch with a bank and take some photographic evidence and a document that proves your address.

The current exchange rate is 1 Canadian dollar to 0.60 British pounds, but you can keep an eye on this exchange rate to make sure you get the best deal for your money.

We advise that you apply for a European Health Insurance Card whilst living in the UK to make sure that you are covered for any treatments you may need.

What do Canadian teachers need to know about teaching in London?

The typical school day begins at 9.00am and ends at 3:30pm, although your school hours may vary with after school activities, meetings and other duties. The school year operates from September to July which is usually broken down into three terms. As a teacher in the UK are allocated 13 weeks a year in holidays, now that really is amazing. Giving you plenty of opportunities to travel and explore we couldn’t think of a better job role.

The UK school curriculum differs to the subjects taught in Canadian schools. It is advised to have a clear understanding on the key stages and core subjects taught to ensure you are able to teach those lessons in schools.

See our UK School System article for in depth information.

We hope this has given you all the information you need in preparation of the big move, if you have yet to secure a role, take a look at our london teaching jobs.

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