UK Education System

Education in England is divided into Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher education.

Compulsory education lasts for 11 years; statutory ages are between 5 to 16 years. During this time children must receive full-time education that is suited to their age, ability, aptitude and special education needs (SEN). If a child does not attend school, the local education authority (LEA) must be satisfied that other appropriate provision is available, e.g. home schooling. Most pupils transfer from primary to secondary school at 11 years of age.

Pupils in compulsory education follow what is called the National Curriculum. Pupils are assessed by National Curriculum tests, called SATS at the end of each Key Stage.

Key Stage                               Age                    Years                                   
Foundation stage Age 3-5 Nursery and Reception
Key Stage 1 Age 5-7 Year groups 1-2
Key Stage 2 Age 7-11 Year groups 3-6
Key Stage 3 - SATS Age 11-14 Year groups 7-9
Key Stage 4 - GCSE Age 14-16 Year groups 10-11
Key Stage 5 - A-Level Age 16-18 Year groups 12-13


London Schools

There are thousands of schools in London and the experiences you will have in them can vary enormously. From very traditional, fee-paying, independent schools to inner-city schools, the range of resources available, expectations of pupils and teachers vary. However, what all schools want from their teachers remains constant - teachers who are enthusiastic, adaptable and flexible, with a 'can do' attitude.

SANZA consultants have a deep understanding of their schools enabling them to give you a thorough assessment of each school.

Types of Teaching Roles:

Day-to-day supply teaching is an excellent introduction into teaching in London. Valuable insight can be gained into the diverse and unique way in which schools are run. Day-to-day teaching will enable you to teach various age groups and in various schools within a short period. Many schools require supply cover for sickness, last minute absences and course cover. With day-to-day work you will quickly experience the diversity of schools.

Long-term teaching is for those teachers wanting to take on the responsibilities of a full-time classroom teacher. Working in one school for an extended length of time will result in the teacher becoming involved in the full life of the school. Long-term teaching also offers the security of regular work.

Academic Year:

Term                        Description
Autumn Term 1st week in September to 3rd week in December
Spring Term 2nd week in January
Summer Term After Easter (April) to 3rd week in July (every 6/7 weeks there is a 1 week 1/2 term break)


Governing Bodies

DCSF Department for Children, Schools and Families
The DCSF was established with the purpose of creating opportunity, releasing potential and achieving excellence for all.

Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted)
Ofsted is the inspectorate for children and learners in England. They contribute to the provision of better education and care through effective inspection and regulation. They achieve this through a comprehensive system of inspection and regulation, covering childcare, schools, colleges, children’s services, teaching training and youth work. They are a non-ministerial government department accountable to Parliament. Their independence means you can rely on them for impartial information about education and care.


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