Within an English speaking country, the term Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL) is more often applied than Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Why is TESOL necessary in the UK? Every year, hundreds of thousands of migrant workers come to the UK. Businesses often sponsor these workers to study English.

Their families and others also sometimes request training in English, which opens up opportunities in schools and colleges. On top of that there are hundreds of thousands of foreign students in the UK, some with the express intention of studying English. Also, many refugees come to the UK requiring English language instruction. The UK, then, is plentiful with opportunities to teach English.


Teachers interested in working in the UK must hold a bachelor’s degree and be licensed to teach in their state/province. Teachers who have a degree but no teaching credentials will not be considered for teaching jobs in the UK in public schools, and you must have a minimum of two years of teaching experience to teach abroad.

However, some private and independent schools have different requirements, so check with specific schools about their requirements. In England, QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) is the certification for teachers. To achieve this, teachers must complete specific training and pass standardized exams. Teachers from outside of the UK are able to teach in the UK for a maximum of four years before they must obtain QTS. If a teacher plans to work in the UK for longer than 4 years, there are further qualifications needed.

Average Monthly Salary
US $2975
Average Monthly Cost Of Living
US $600 – $1200
Peak Hiring Times
May – September
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