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TEFL jobs in the UK

TEFL jobs in the UK fall into a few categories – summer work, part-time, full-time and one-to-one tutoring. Summer schools are great for newly qualified teachers who need experience. Many will accept teachers with a 120-hour TEFL certificate, but anywhere that is BC accredited will be unable to interview teachers with less than a CELTA. When looking for jobs, aim for big cities, and remember that London won’t necessarily have the best options. Manchester has a big market for summer schools, as do cities like Liverpool, Edinburgh, Bath, etc. Expect to teach 15-24 hours per week depending on if you’re doing both activities and teaching or just an academic role. More experienced teachers can apply for Senior Teacher/Assistant Director roles .

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Where to find work in the UK

For both part-time and full-time teaching contracts, look for language schools which you can find in most big cities. Here you won’t usually be teaching students who have travelled to learn (like on summer courses) but people who live locally, often coming to class in the evenings/weekends. Exam classes (IELTS) are popular, as are Business English and General English classes. Expect to earn around £15 to 25 per hour.

University roles (part-time or full-time) are almost exclusively for highly qualified (at least a CELTA) and well-experienced (2 years minimum) TEFL teachers who don’t mind doing lots of marking. You can earn £600 to 700 per week, and contracts are often for one term at a time.

For one-to-one lessons, this will vary on your location, but the bigger the city you live in, the more likely you are to find students. You can teach through an agency or work as a freelance teacher and find your own students.

Employers in the UK

Bell English  teaches both children and adults at several branches in the UK.

EF Education First   - you need to be a native English speaker, have a university degree, computer proficiency, and an engaging online presence. A TEFL certificate and experience are useful but not essential. Teach abroad, teach online or in the UK at a summer school, with jobs for both entry-level and more experienced/qualified teachers.

ELC Bristol  offers summer courses and general English classes.

International House  has both long-term and summer course positions around the UK.

Kaplan International  has branches all over the UK. You need a degree, a CETLA, experience, and IELTS experience is desirable. £16.50 for hourly roles. Part-time, Full-time and Summer School roles.

Living Learning English  looks for homestay teachers who host and teach students in their own homes for at least 2 weeks over the summer. You need a TEFL/CELTA or PGCE.

MDA College  – you need a CELTA or equivalent, at least 3 years of experience, and a degree. The pay is £25 to £30 per hour.

Pilgrims Summer Schools  are held at several UK locations. You need a TEFL qualification, a valid DBS certificate and some experience. Food and accommodation is provided. There is a juniors and seniors program, teachers do one academic and one activity session per day. A good school for entry-level teachers. More experienced teachers can apply for Assistant Director roles.

Sherborne International  runs summer school courses for students aged 8 to 17. You need a CELTA and several years of experience. This summer school typically attracts more veteran teachers, who don’t take part in daily leisure activities, just teaching. Food and accommodation are provided. Pay is around £550 per week.

Speak Up London  – you need least 2 years of experience, a CELTA or equivalent. Classes are for General English or Cambridge exam preparation courses. The pay is £15.19 to £23.25 per hour.

The TEFL Org Jobs Centre is a great place to find jobs teaching in the UK.

The Wimbledon School of English is a top-rated English language school in the UK .

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