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Frequently Asked Questions

Teaching Assistant

Do I need a qualification?

No, you don’t need a qualification to work as a teaching assistant, as long as you have relevant experience. If you have a qualification this may be beneficial to you as you could receive a higher pay bracket to reflect this.


Contract types

At Teach Now we can support with; day to day work, part time, full time and in some cases permanent work too

What are the working hours?

This can vary slightly with different schools, however you can be expected to work from 8:30am to 4:00pm

How much do you get paid?

Teaching assistants pay can vary dependent on location, school, experience, qualifications and role. The pay varies from £60 per day to £85 per day.

Worked overseas within the last 10 years?

You will need an overseas police check to cover you time in another country. If you don’t have one we are unable to proceed with your application. Please contact us for more information.

How often will you get paid?

You receive pay each Friday,  and are paid a week in lieu

Do you work with colleges?

Yes we do, we can support with teaching assistant/SEN/support staff roles in nurseries, primary and colleges

Do you provide training?

Yes, here at Teach Now we are committed to supporting our teaching assistants and teachers with further development training. This can include re-fresh sessions, an overview of the role of a teaching assistant, expectations, safeguarding and much more!

Can Teach Now help with applying for a DBS?

An enhanced DBS costs £52.00 and as long as you can provide the correct documents we can submit your application on your behalf. In some cases DBS’s can take up-to 3 months to process so if you are looking for work and need a DBS contact us asap in order to minimise the registration time

Will I need a new DBS (police check) if I join your agency?

To use your DBS with more than one employer you must have this registered on the update service. If you have a DBS that is valid (within 3 years) but it isn’t on the update service you will need to apply for a new DBS and put it on the update service

Can you help with volunteer work to obtain a reference?

In some situations we may be able to support with volunteer work within our schools. These situations include: if you hold a teaching or EYFS studies degree or experience in the past working in schools – please contact us for more information about this

Do I need experience to be a teaching assistant?

Yes, you need experience with working with children in an educational or supportive setting within the past 2 years. If you don’t have any experience working with children in these settings we recommend you contact your local primary schools to try and obtain volunteer work


Qualifications and experience

You are required to hold a BeD or PGCE qualification to work as a teacher in our schools. If you are qualified overseas you will need to have a comparable qualification through a commonwealth or through a NARIC, along with comparable experiences in a primary school. We can support with NQT placements or day to day work for those teachers who don’t hold QTS, however please note we can only support you with work until you hit your 5 year experience mark as by this point unless you hold QTS we are legally not allowed to provide you with work as a qualified teacher and you will be classed as unqualified teacher scale


We ask you that you share with us your experiences, as if you have a preferred schools we will always try and prioritise you returning to those schools more frequently


Most of our inner London schools don’t have accessible parking, however our outer London and Hertfordshire schools tend to have available staff parking

Marking and planning

You are required to completed all marking before leaving the school. Planning will predominately be left for you, however in some circumstances the planning may not be available so please have a planned lesson just in case its required

Do I have a 1:1 consultant?

Based on your area and work requirements you will be in touch more frequently with that consultant so you can build continuity

Time sheets

We have online timesheets here at Teach Now so you are not required to do anything apart from sign in and out of the school

Start and finish times

For day to day bookings we ask you arrive at school by 8:15am (if you have been given enough notice) and once the school day ends and marking has been completed you are able to leave

Do you recruit all year round?

We certainly do! We are able to help you secure a role in your ideal area up to 12 months in advance!

Do you offer support with interviews and CV?

Yes we do! Here at Teach Now we can support you to be successful at interviews, by CV advice and interview practice with our partner Headteachers

Do you offer NQT placements?

Yes we do, we have currently been commissioned by Barnet Local Authority to recruit NQT’s for the London Borough of Barnet. In addition to a fantastic relocation support programme in place we can support you secure your ideal NQT placement.

What areas are you based in?

We are able to support with work across North and East London, alongside Hertfordshire. In addition to this we have unique partnerships with other local authorities and organisations so please contact us to find out more about we can support you

What types of work are available?

We are able to support with day to day work, permanent work and long term placements (where you are still contracted to the agency)

Relocation To London

Do you recruit overseas teachers all year round?

Yes we do! We can actually conduct a telephone interview for a contract upto 12 months in advance! We have teachers arriving and starting work all year round so please contact us to find out more

Do I have to commit for a certain amount of time?

No, however we do advise that you commit at least 6 months, this amount of time will enable you to get the most of your experience, work in a variety of schools and travel!

Can I relocate with my partner?

Yes of course! We supporting many couples to relocate, we will always offer our advice on their relocation in terms of their own employment and try and help as much as possible. You will both need to apply for your own visas (unless you both have the right to work here).

Do Teach Now provide a 1:1 consultant?

Definitely! We believe its vital that a 1:1 consultant is available all throughout your relocation. You will speak with the same person here at Teach Now throughout your entire relocation, this will enable you to build continuity and trust with your 1:1 consultant. Once you arrive you will meet the team and get to know the consultants that will be providing you with work. However, the support from your 1:1 doesn’t end when you arrive, they still keep in touch with you and are still there for support

Do you only provide work for teachers?

We do work with teacher aids and teachers, however we are unable to guarantee teaching aid work until you arrive and meet with schools and you must have education experience. We specialise in primary schools, however we do have a cluster of secondary schools that are able to support with full time class teacher posts across the core subjects

What is QTS?

QTS is “Qualified Teacher Status” in the UK. In the UK once you have completed your PGCE or Bachelor of Education you must complete 1 year as an NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher), where you will receive a mentor, additional training and support from the school. Should you pass that year you are then awarded QTS. In the UK NQT’s are only allocated 5 years to complete their NQT year. If you hold your registration in your home country you can apply for QTS before you even arrive – it’s a very simple process and can be done online!

Do I need to have my registration in my own country?

No, you need to hold your teacher registration in your own country to teach in the UK. However please note, you can only teach here for 4 years without your registration. If you are hoping to stay for over 4 years without your teaching registration then you will need secure UK  QTS through an assessment only route.

Do I receive any relocation bonuses?

At Teach Now together with our payroll company we are able to support you with a relocation bonus which includes a flight reimbursement, visa reimbursement and even parts of your temporary accommodation given back to you as a relocation bonus

What areas do you recommend to live?

Through a lot of research from staff here at Teach Now and our previous overseas teachers we recommend you base yourself in North London (along the northern tube line), popular areas includes: Islington, Camden, Finchley, Muswell Hill, Mill Hill, Barnet and Southgate

Do I get access to training?

At Teach Now, together with our partner Principals we provide induction to the UK training which includes: safeguarding (keeping children safe), maths, English, marking, planning and much more!

Do you offer relocation support?

Yes we do! We offer a very comprehensive relocation package that supplies you with advice and guidance with: visa application, accommodation, flight, connecting you to other teachers here, social events, taxi pick up and much more!

What contracts are you able to support me with?

We are able to support you with permanent work, long term roles and day to day roles with guaranteed pay!

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