International Teaching Placements in the United Kingdom

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Note: Teaching placements in London, coordinated through Responsible Reliable Recruitment (RRR), were offered from 2017-2019. This page provides information about the partnership with RRR from 2017-2019. Click here to see current International Teaching Placement Opportunities.


For more information about the teaching placements coordinated through RRR from 2017-2019, please see the following resources:

Partnership between Lakehead University and Responsible Reliable Recruitment (RRR)

In 2016, Lakehead University and Responsible Reliable Recruitment (RRR) established a partnership that enables Lakehead University BEd students to complete a placement at a UK-based school (subject to availability and the selection process). A pilot program took place in May 2017, with two graduates completing a volunteer teaching placement at schools in Dagenham, a suburb of East London, England. (Read a newsletter story about the pilot program and first UK placements). In 2018, three BEd students completed placements in England. 

Testimonials of Students who have Completed a Teaching Experience in the UK

In 2017 and 2018, teacher candidates and graduates of the BEd program have travelled to the UK to participate in teaching placements in London schools. Read their testimonials here.

About Responsible Reliable Recruitment (RRR) and Its Supports

Responsible Reliable Recruitment (RRR) is a UK-based recruitment company that places international teachers in positions in schools in the United Kingdom. With over 40 years' experience in teaching, RRR staff supports teachers in the process of finding appropriate teaching positions, completing necessary documentation, and finding accommodations in the UK. 

In relation to the teaching placement agreement with Lakehead University, RRR assists with the processes of securing a British Police Records Check (required), setting up placements with Associate Teachers, and providing guidance for preparing for your trip. For details on RRR's "Teaching Overseas Experience" program and the supports they offer to teacher candidates, please read their brochure - inside panel and outside panel.

Teaching Placement in a UK School: Overview

Teacher candidates who complete a teaching placement at a UK school will be paired with an Associate Teacher. Efforts will be made to match teacher candidates with assignments within their division (P/J or I/S) and teachables (as applicable) and in accordance with their future employment intentions in the UK. The UK-based Associate Teachers are qualified teachers recommended by their headteacher in recognition of their abilities.

Teacher candidates' responsibilities during the placement will include observing classes, teaching up to five or six classes per day (to a maximum of 5 hours), lesson and unit planning, assessment for/as/of learning, supervisions of examinations, and participating in/supervising extracurricular activities as appropriate. (See a typical school day schedule at one of our partner schools, Robert Clack).  Teacher candidates will also be responsible for familiarizing themselves with the UK school culture and educational culture, complying with its regulations, maintaining standards of professionalism throughout the placement, and acting as a positive ambassador for Lakehead University while in the UK.

Benefits of Completing a Teaching Placement in the UK

Travelling to the UK to complete a teaching placement is a unique opportunity. Some of the benefits of this experience include:

  • Professional development: hone your teaching skills and gain experience in a new educational context
  • Cultural experience and growth: gain an understanding and appreciation for the British educational system, and how it differs from the Canadian system 
  • Potential employment opportunity: teaching placements in the UK could lead to the possibility of future work at the school in which you complete a placement (or another educational facility in the UK). If you have plans to return and teach in the UK when you are qualified, RRR will ensure that your placement will be in a suitable school with a vacancy that matches your qualification. This gives you and the school community an excellent opportunity to get to know one another. Further details on RRR's "Teaching Overseas Experience" program and the supports they offer are outlined in their brochure - see the inside panel and outside panel.
  • An experience of a lifetime! Read student testimonials of the placement experience. 

Is this Opportunity Right for You?

Teaching in the UK is an incredible opportunity for professional and personal growth, but is also a challenging experience that will push you out of your "comfort zone." Although you will be in a country where English is spoken as the first language, you can still expect to experience culture shock and vast differences in the educational culture (e.g., learning styles, teaching styles, classroom management, and curriculum) and the general culture (e.g., living conditions, customs, cuisine, transportation and environment). Therefore, teacher candidates who apply to complete a teaching placement in UK must possess the following qualities:

  • Maturity, professionalism, and diplomacy
  • Flexibility: an openness to new and unfamiliar experiences
  • Self-sufficiency
  • An ability to develop effective professional relationships quickly
  • A willingness to be challenged
  • An ability to work well under pressure
  • Perseverance
  • Curiosity
  • A non-judgmental attitude
  • Empathy and warmth
  • Realistic expectations
  • A sense of humour

Applying for a Teaching Placement in the UK: Requirements

Individuals who apply for a teaching placement in the UK must meet the following criteria:

  • The successful completion of all previous teaching placements
  • The successful completion of all BEd courses to date
  • Be in good health: individuals applying for this opportunity should have no major health concerns  

The following courses and certifications are highly recommended for individuals applying for this opportunity. Preference may be given to students who are registered in, or who have completed any of the following:

  • EDUC 3239: Teaching Internationally (elective course)

How to Apply

To apply for the opportunity to complete a teaching placement in the United Kingdom, please complete an application form and submit it, along with your resume, to the International Initiatives Coordinator by the set date listed on the application. All individuals who apply will be contacted by the International Initiatives Coordinator for a structured interview in person, by telephone, or via Skype.

Trip Preparation for Selected Applicants

Applicants who are selected to complete a teaching placement in the United Kingdom will be guided by the International Initiatives Coordinator through the process of preparing for their trip and assignment at a UK school. This includes:

  • Obtaining necessary documents to travel to the UK (e.g. customs support documentation, British Police Records Check
  • Obtaining health insurance and necessary immunizations for travelling to the UK
  • Developing a budget
  • Booking plane tickets and arranging other transportation in the UK
  • Arranging accommodations in the UK while on placement
  • Gaining familiarity with British culture, educational culture, school organization and curriculum
  • Preparing for the experience of travelling, living, and teaching in the UK

A significant portion of the preparation will take place via preparatory meetings and workshops held in the months leading up the trip. If selected for a teaching placement in the UK, attendance and participation in the preparatory meetings and workshops is mandatory.


Applicants who are selected to complete a teaching placement in the United Kingdom are responsible for the costs associated with the trip, including airfare; accommodations; obtaining travel and customs documents, health insurance, and necessary immunizations; food and tourism expenses. A stipend will be provided to each individual from the Faculty of Education to assist with the costs of this opportunity. A detailed sample budget is available from the International Initiatives Coordinator.

Need More Information? Contact the International Initiatives Coordinator

For more information about the opportunity to complete a teaching placement in the UK, please contact Dr. Jan Oakley, International Initiatives Coordinator.