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Teach English Online

Teaching that fits your life.

Choose your own work-from-home schedule

Bring your own teaching style to our high-quality material

Teach the same student every week and build great rapport

Get local support and payment in the UK

Application Process

Submit Qualifications

Please tell us about yourself by filling out a form and attach your CV.


Video Interview

Speak to someone from our recruitment team and get an exclusive virtual tour of the EF Classroom.


Receive your contract and next steps for getting you up and running on the platform.

The EF difference

Make an impact teaching the same students every week. Give your style to the high-quality material provided.

Rewarding day-to-day

Deliver 25-minute one-on-one online classes to kids aged 5 to 14

Work when it works: Lessons available from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM GMT every day

Bring your own teaching style to EF lesson materials

Make an impact teaching the same students every week

Be part of the UK Team!

Reliable structure & support

Set your own schedule around your life

Teach in EF’s user-friendly online classroom

Work from home and have access to UK-based support

Participate in a new-teacher platform introduction and Q&A sessions

Get paid seamlessly from the UK

Get access to employees benefits

How you make a difference

A blended model of learning

It's a better way to learn: combining in-person group lessons with one-on-one online sessions. EF students attend lessons at our English centers in China and also choose personalized online sessions with skilled teachers like you.

As an online teacher you are part of our students overall learning journey. This individualized attention allows students to reinforce their skills & learn new ones, gain confidence in themselves, and experience a global perspective.

Join us if this sounds like you

Talented in connecting with and inspiring kids

Motivated by sharing knowledge, learning about new cultures, and impacting others

Excellent cultural awareness and communication & motivational skills

Fully-fluent English-speaker (C2 level), with a bachelor’s degree in any field

Minimum 40 hour TEFL Certificate or equivalent (provided by beginning of contract term)

Comfortable using computer & headset and have a reliable WiFi connection

Living - and authorised to work - in the UK

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Join our global community of educators who have been teaching with EF since 1965

EF stands for Education First

EF's mission is simple: opening the world through education. We've helped millions of students of all ages learn new languages, travel and connect with other cultures. In 1997, EF was the first to launch an online English school with live teachers available 24/7. With a global network of over 600 schools and offices in over 100 countries, we are committed to putting education first.

The best technology to unleash the best in teaching

EF operates schools, not just platforms. We add our language learning expertise to use technology to fundamentally improve the way people learn a language rather than using technology for technology’s sake. As a teacher with EF, you are given the best tools to do what you do best - teach.


Payment starts at £8.75 per hour with opportunities to earn £12.50 per hour including bonuses and employee benefits. Base rate increases occur after 6 months.

As an EF employee, benefits include company pension, paid training and holiday pay.

Frequently asked questions

What qualifications do I need to teach with EF's online teaching program?

Our team considers all aspects of a candidate’s professional background when determining a candidate’s qualifications for a contract. Experience in early childhood development, teaching, coaching or mentoring is preferred, but not required. Life experiences count.

  • Candidates must be fully fluent English speakers (C2 level) and live in the UK.
  • Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or higher in any field. A degree must be submitted before your contract can be finalised. Feel free to apply without these docs if you need a few extra days to obtain them from your university, but university credits or a bachelor’s in progress is not sufficient. We'd love to talk to you once you've completed your degree.
  • All EF teachers need an Enhanced DBS Check. Our team will guide you on how to obtain one. The cost is fully refunded by EF after the completion of 50 hours of teaching.
  • All EF Teachers require a minimum 40 Hour TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification to teach. Let us know if you have questions on how to obtain a TEFL quickly and affordably! You can start your interview process without.
  • Teachers must supply their own headset, personal computer, and stable Internet connection.

This is a 12-month contract with opportunities to renew. As your employer, we are responsible for your taxes, NI, and your pension contributions, allowing you to focus on your teaching.

What services will I provide as an EF online teacher?
  • All EF online lessons for kids are 25 minutes in length and are one-on-one with Chinese children aged 5 to 14. Two-way video brings the teacher and student together into one online classroom.
  • The high-quality lesson material is created by our academic team and tailored to our young learners’ needs. The material is uploaded into the online classroom for you based on what the student is currently studying and their parent’s preference. You are able to preview the material prior to the lesson.
  • After the lesson, you provide students and their parents with a brief summary in English of the lesson.
  • Parents typically wish to book many months of lessons upfront. Though you set your own availability and schedule within the week, teachers are asked to open consistent availability across a minimum of 10 consecutive weeks. We offer bonuses for repeat bookings, usually a fee of £1.00 per hour (£0.50 per class) when you teach the same student each week.
  • Unlike many other online ESL programs for kids, EF students engage in a blended learning approach. All of our online students take lessons at one of our physical schools in China (over 300 and counting!). This combined in-school and online method provides young learners with the benefits and excitement of group learning with the much-needed encouragement and practice of one-on-one online lessons.
How will I get up and running to teach kids online with EF?
  • The online induction is self-paced to fit around your schedule.
  • You will be in touch with our UK-based team every step of the way. You can ask questions at any point and have the opportunity to schedule a personal meeting with a member of the team before you start teaching.
  • Your online platform introduction is paid at your base rate and will be included with your first payment.
When do parents want lessons to take place?
  • Lesson times are primarily after school in the China time zone, which are weekday mornings in the United Kingdom (9:00am GMT to 2pm GMT).
  • Some parents also schedule lessons early weekend mornings. You may have bookings as early as 6:00am GMT during the weekends if you indicate availability to teach.
How many lessons will I get each week?
  • Most teachers find that our students’ preference for having the same teacher week after week provides teachers with a more stable schedule relative to other online programs.
  • Though we have thousands of students in China eager to learn from fully fluent English speakers (C2 level) abroad, we cannot guarantee a specific amount of hours or a particular schedule. Your likelihood of getting bookings is based on the availability you submit and the rapport you develop with students, which is important in generating and then keeping repeat bookings. Though parents may book lessons in advance for several months with one teacher, they may choose to change teachers based on their children’s learning needs and/or rapport with their teachers.
  • Our team is always available to help if you have questions on parents’ preferences for availability and scheduling. Our scheduling platform gives you the freedom to build a teaching schedule that works for you!
What if I have questions after I start teaching?

We are a UK-based company with a global presence. That means you can get in touch with our core staff to discuss any important issues during the UK business day. We also offer 24/7 help for urgent technology and scheduling issues.

Can I teach online if I'm travelling?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to work with you if you are travelling outside of the UK as we have requirements that ensure a stable connection with our learners. If you are travelling at the moment but aim to move back to the UK shortly, please feel free to apply and our recruiters will reach out to you.

Ready to be your own boss and teach at EF?