TEFL in the UK

Not everyone working on their TEFL qualification is looking to teach abroad straight away – or even at all! For some, teaching at home can be a means of making additional income, building up experience teaching English before looking for work abroad, or taking the first steps toward a new career in the UK.

When it comes to teaching English in countries where English is the native language it’s generally only possible for those who already have the right to live and work in that country. If you don’t have the right to work in the UK, however, many of the types of teaching listed below will also be possible in your own country!

Summer schools

Summer schools and language camps offer a great introduction to teaching English. There are camps operating across the UK and contracts can range from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, making it ideal for anyone unable to commit to a longer contract. It’s perfect work for students looking to earn money over the summer months and it’s ideal if you’ve just gained your TEFL qualification and are looking to get some initial experience teaching English. A short contract gives you the opportunity to see if TEFL is really for you before you take up a job abroad as well as boosting your CV.

Interested? Find out what the seven essential skills summer schools look for in applicants are.

Language schools

If you’re looking to work at a language school in the UK then you should be aware that these positions can be very competitive and are often part-time. Schools generally seek to employ qualified EFL teachers with several years of teaching experience under their belt and because there isn’t the high level of turnover in staff you’ll find in language schools abroad positions are harder to come by. TEFL Org graduate Billie first taught in a summer camp in Italy followed by full-time positions in China and Spain before returning to the UK to work in a language school. Her experience teaching English abroad for several years set her up to find work back home and we would recommend following a similar path if your end goal is to work for a UK-based language school.


Tutoring offers flexible hours and the opportunity to teach students of a variety of levels and backgrounds. You can market yourself online using sites like Gumtree and Facebook and you can also put up posters in shops, community centres, and universities, for example. For tips on how to advertise your services as a tutor online check out our blog post.

Teaching English Online

If you like the idea of working home and having the flexibility to set your own hours then teaching online might just be for you. Online teaching can be a way of making an additional income and gaining experience as an EFL teacher but it’s also possible to build up a full-time income from it!

Teaching English online can be done from anywhere in the world and it’s an increasingly popular source of income for digital nomads. One of our tips for starting out as a digital nomad is to start building up your client base at home before you jet off – you can read the rest of the tips here.

How do you get started teaching online? We recommend our specialised Teaching English Online course, which covers both how to teach online and how to set yourself up and find work.


You can use your TEFL qualification to help those in need in the UK. You can get in touch with local organisations working with refugees and asylum seekers to explore volunteering opportunities with them. For more information about TEFL and volunteering see here.

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