Learn how the English education system works

English education system

1. Read about how the education system is set out

The system here may be very different from the system you followed in your home country.  The system is split into the following levels:

  •     Early years
  •     Primary
  •     Secondary
  •     Further
  •     Higher

Download an information sheet here:

    The UK Education System (PDF)


2. Choose which level you want to teach at

In England you cannot switch between levels easily - teachers choose either primary OR secondary.  Unless you know what level you want to teach, you can't make further decisions on gaining experience and doing training.

Know what level you want to teach? Read these sections next:

   Entry qualifications

   Volunteering in a school