British schools are excited to employ passionate South African teachers who have built a strong reputation in UK schools.
UK Headteachers talk positively about the South African teachers working in their schools. But why are South Africans sought after by British schools?
South African Teachers have often had to work in challenging environments, with a lack of resources and support in place. They are resilient and dedicated to their profession. British schools excel in maintaining established systems and procedures to make schools safe to work in and to build a community.
South African teachers are renowned for being passionate about what they do. They are known to add value to the schools they teach in, often having experience and skills in areas like sports, music and performing arts, as well as their specialist areas. They also have a reputation for progressing quickly and taking on leadership posts and other roles of responsibility.
South African teachers have experience working with mixed ability students, those with additional needs, which include more able students and those needing more tailored support due to complex learning needs, including emotional and behavioural issues. British schools offer support staff and resources for students to raise their attainment levels and assist with their additional needs.
Some South African teachers can apply to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in the UK immediately and without UK experience. Those who do not qualify for QTS can still work as highly skilled instructors and earn a lot more than they would in South Africa.
South African teachers often have access to UK working rights, without needing sponsorship, which is costly and not easy for schools to obtain. Teachers who are able to work under an Ancestry or Spousal visa make things easier and more permanent for schools.