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Understand the Basics:
Teaching in England leads to a qualification called “Qualified Teacher Status” (QTS).
If you’re a qualified teacher from outside the UK, you can work for up to 4 years without QTS.
After 4 years, you’ll need QTS to teach in most schools in England.
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Routes to QTS:
There are four routes to QTS for teachers from outside the UK, depending on your qualifications and experience.
apply for QTS using the online service,
You can apply for assessment only QTS
apply for teacher training in England
You can also apply to train for international qualified teacher status (iQTS)
Your eligibility for each route will depend on:
where you qualified
your subject specialism
whether you already have teaching experience
Apply for QTS in England:
If you’re from certain countries, you can apply for QTS in England without additional training or fees.
If you have a teaching qualification from any of the following countries or regions, you can check if you meet the requirements and apply for QTS in England:
the European Economic Area
If you have a subject specialism in languages, mathematics, or science and a qualification to teach 11- to 16-year-olds from one of the following 7 countries, you can check if you meet the requirements and apply for QTS in England:
When you apply for QTS in England, you do not need to:
pay a fee to a training provider
undergo any further training
visit the UK
Assessment Only QTS:
If you’re not eligible for the above route, you can go for an “Assessment Only” route, which doesn’t require additional training but may involve fees.
If you’re not eligible to apply for QTS using the Apply for QTS in England service, assessment-only QTS may be the most appropriate route for you.
Assessment-only QTS means experienced teachers with a degree can gain QTS without doing a teacher training programme. You can apply to a UK government-approved teacher training provider in England for an assessment showing you meet the standards for QTS.
You do not need to visit the UK to be assessed and gain QTS. However, you’ll need to be assessed at your place of work by an examiner from your teaching training provider. The teacher training provider can explain what type of school you must be working in to undergo assessment-only QTS.
Assessment only costs
Fees range from about £1,500 to £4,000 but vary between providers and may be substantially more if you’re outside the UK. Check with individual providers for more details.
Working as a teacher in England while you undergo assessment only QTS
Apply for Teacher Training:
You can also apply for teacher training in England, which involves a year of full-time training and possible relocation.
International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS):
iQTS is a new qualification, available online, that leads to QTS and is open to non-UK citizens.
To apply for assessment-only QTS, you do not need a formal teacher training qualification.
However, you must have:
a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience
a first (bachelor’s) degree from a UK or non-UK university
an English language qualification that is the same standard as a grade 4 GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education)
a maths qualification that is the same standard as a grade 4 GCSE
to teach children aged 3 to 11 in primary school, a physics, chemistry, or biology (science) qualification that is the same standard as a grade 4 GCSE
A GCSE is an academic qualification awarded for examinations in England, usually taken at the age of 16.
If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, your assessment-only teacher training provider may want to see a statement of comparability from UK ENIC, the UK national agency for international qualifications and skills, showing how they compare to UK qualifications.
guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
a free statement of comparability, once you’ve submitted your application, if your provider asks for this
Your teaching experience must:
consist of time spent teaching (as opposed to other responsibilities in a school)
have taken place in 2 separate schools (not 2 classes within the same school or 2 school sites within the same organisation)
demonstrate you’ve taught young people from a range of different backgrounds
demonstrate you’re familiar with different approaches to teaching, learning, and school management
Your teaching experience can have been:
gained in any type of school – for example, international schools, schools teaching the International Baccalaureate, and state-maintained schools outside the UK
spent teaching a non-English curriculum (though you may need to show you know the subjects taught in the English curriculum)
divided between 2 school settings, as long as you have 2 years of teaching experience in total
British International School organisations
It is not a requirement to gain teaching experience at a British international school. However, British international schools provide a suitable experience for teachers wishing to apply for assessment-only QTS. Reputable British international school organizations include:
the Association of British School Overseas (AoBSO)
the Council of British International Schools (COBIS)
the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA)
British Schools in the Middle East (BSME)
the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA)
How to apply for an assessment only QTS
Your application for assessment-only QTS must be made to one of the UK government’s approved assessment-only teacher training providers in England. You do not need to visit or train in England to do assessments only QTS.
An assessment of your teaching will be carried out in person at your place of work by an examiner from your chosen teacher training provider.
Before you apply, contact your chosen teacher training provider directly to:
check they accept international applications for assessment only QTS
check they can come to your country to do the assessment (if you’re not in England)
confirm your eligibility for assessment only
learn more about their specific requirements
If your application is successful, the assessment-only provider will:
help you put together a portfolio of your teaching work, to demonstrate you meet the English teachers’ standards
assess your teaching
ask to see evidence of your qualifications
potentially ask you to sit a test to demonstrate your written and spoken English is fluent, accurate, and clear, and is the same standard as a grade 4 in GCSE English language
potentially ask you to sit a test to demonstrate your mathematics knowledge and, for primary school teaching, science knowledge is the same standard as a grade 4 in GCSE mathematics or science
You’ll also need to:
have the health and physical capacity to train to teach
undergo safeguarding checks to assess your suitability to teach, carried out by your assessment-only provider
If your assessment-only provider is satisfied you’ve met the standards required to teach in England, you’ll be awarded QTS and will be able to apply for teaching jobs in England.
If you fail to meet the standards required for assessment only QTS, you can:
re-apply when you’ve gained more relevant skills and experience
gain your QTS by training to teach in England
All non-UK citizens can apply to train to teach in England. Train to teach in England as a non-UK citizen explains the academic qualifications and visa you’ll need, and how to apply for a teacher training course.
When you apply for a teacher training course in England leading to QTS you’ll:
pay a fee to a training provider for a teacher training course, plus your living costs
undergo a year of full-time training – fees will depend on your immigration status and vary between providers, but range from £9,250 to about £32,000
need to relocate to the UK
Apply to train for international qualified teacher status
International qualified teacher status (iQTS) is a new teaching qualification backed by the UK government that:
is delivered online by English teacher training providers in partnership with schools around the world
meets the same standards as English QTS and leads to the automatic award of QTS
is open to all non-UK citizens, and is currently available from 14 providers
is the only international teacher training course that leads to the automatic award of QTS (other courses may offer valuable training but do not lead to QTS)
When you apply for iQTS, you will:
have to pay a fee to a training provider
have to undergo further training
not have to visit the UK
QTS exemption for teachers from outside the UK
Qualified teachers from outside the UK are allowed to teach in England for up to 4 years without QTS – even in schools where QTS is normally a legal requirement. You can learn more about this exemption, known as the ‘4-year rule’, from the school employing you.
Qualified teachers from outside the UK can teach for up to 4 years without QTS.
The 4-year rule exemption does not apply to:
pupil referral units (PRUs)
alternative provision academies
alternative provision free schools, where QTS is required from the beginning of your employment
After 4 years, teachers from outside the UK will need QTS to teach in many state schools in England.
In most schools – including academies, free schools, and private schools, where QTS is not a legal requirement – it is used to assess the quality of candidates for teaching jobs. You may find that having QTS is beneficial when applying for jobs.
Teachers with a special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) qualification only
To gain QTS, you must be able to adapt your teaching to meet the needs of all pupils in all phases and age groups. Teachers with a qualification limited to SEND pupils are therefore not eligible to use the Apply for QTS in England service.
Teaching in England and Outside the UK:
UK QTS is recognized in many countries but check with the specific country’s regulations.
Early Career Teacher (ECT) Induction:
Once you have QTS, you’ll complete a 2-year ECT induction.
Induction for Teachers Working Outside England:
If you’re already teaching outside England, check if you need to complete an induction period.
Use the resources and contact details provided to get more information.
In essence, the process involves assessing your eligibility, choosing a suitable route, applying for QTS or related training, and then undergoing necessary assessments and inductions.
For any additional QTS queries, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get More Information and Apply Through https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-qualified-teacher-status-qts-if-you-teach-outside-the-uk/routes-to-qualified-teacher-status-qts-for-teachers-and-those-with-teaching-experience-outside-the-uk
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