Overseas Trained Teachers – Key information about working with Axcis

Moving to the UK to teach can be a huge change for many overseas trained teachers. That’s why we have put together this brief FAQ to help cover the main things you need to know when coming here to teach.

Who are Axcis Education?

Register with Axcis and become connected to a network of special and mainstream schools in your area for work.

Register with Axcis and become connected to a network of special and mainstream schools in the UK for work.

Axcis Education was founded in 2001 and has become the foremost supplier of SEND (special education) staff to mainstream and specialist schools in the UK. We have offices nationwide and offer temporary and long term contract placements for teachers, support staff, therapists and senior leadership. We are firmly committed to the education and future of those vulnerable young people who we ultimately support.

What does it mean to be a contract worker/ agency staff member?

Contract work means you are not on a permanent contract within a school, but rather that you are employed by and paid through an agency.  There are two main types of contracts; on-call, or as we call it day-to-day cover (mostly for someone off sick) and long-term contracts.  Long-term contracts can be anything from a couple of weeks to a few months or even a year or more.  When you are doing contract work you are being paid through the agency via your chosen umbrella company (an external company which organises your pay and deductions on your behalf). You will be paid weekly, one week in arrears and you will receive payment for the days worked.  You are not paid for holidays or days off sick but you are entitled to claim statutory sick and holiday pay through your umbrella company – this is something which should be discussed directly with them as different companies have different arrangements for this).

What’s the process of registering for work?

It’s a simple process which we will guide you through every step of the way. You can expect the following:


  1. You register on our website, send in your CV or contact us to express an interest in working for Axcis
  2. We will usually then get in touch with you by phone or email to chat to you about your plans and see how we can help.
  3. If you’d like to proceed, we will then send you a list of documents which we will need to see before you can begin work. It’s a good  idea to start getting these documents together straight away, as this can be a key cause for delays in finding work once you arrive.
  4. You then need to advise us on your timeline and plans for arrival to the UK so that we can work with you to ensure that as much of the process is complete prior to your arrival as possible.
  5. Once you get here, you will have a face-to-face meeting with your Axcis consultant. At this meeting, you will need to show us all your original documents and a consultant will discuss the process of working as an agency contractor, which will include things like how to complete a timesheet each week ect.
  6. Once all your documents are checked and references are back, we will be able to start sending you out for work as soon as we have something suitable to offer you.

 Visas for the UK

Axcis does not sponsor visas to work in the UK. Currently, we can only assist candidates who are viable for the Youth Mobility Visa or who hold UK/EU citizenship.  It’s best to check what kind of visa you’ll be eligible for here: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa.  For more information on the Youth Mobility Visa:  https://www.gov.uk/tier-5-youth-mobility/overview


Please note that many visas now also incur a healthcare surcharge to cover you while you are in the UK.


Axcis Regional Offices

We have branches in Bristol, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Birmingham and Wales. If any of these locations interest you in particular, let us know and we can put you directly in touch with that office.


We look forward to working with you! Please feel free to contact us at any time for further information on how we can assist you. You may also find our further Overseas Trained Teachers FAQ article helpful.


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