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Overseas Trained Teachers

Qualifed overseas trained teachers from some countries are exempt from NQT Induction in England. However they are required to hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to teach in maintained schools. Teachers who are employed to teach without QTS are technically 'Unqualified Teachers'.

Teachers trained or recognised in Scotland or Northern Ireland

 

Teachers who trained in either Scotland or Northern Ireland must obtain QTS to take up a teaching post in a maintained school or non-maintained special school in England. They must complete a period of NQT Induction.

 

To submit your application use the online application form.

EEA nationals

 

If an EEA member state recognises you as a qualified school teacher you can apply for QTS in England under the terms of Council Directive 2005/36/EC.  If you trained outside the EEA you can also apply for QTS in England. An EEA member state needs to recognise your qualifications and you will need 3 years of experience as a teacher in that state. Swiss nationals are also eligible to apply for QTS in England.

 

To submit your application use the online application form.

 

EEA qualified teachers are not required to complete NQT induction in England.

Teachers qualified in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA

 

Teachers must apply to the NCTL for the award of QTS before they can be recognised as qualified teachers.

To submit your application:

  • use the online application form
  • send a letter to the NCTL confirming that the teacher is qualified and eligible to teach permanently in the country in question. Only letters from the recognised authority will be accepted for this purpose.

The NCTL will then verify that the individual is a fully qualified teacher in Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA and has not been barred from teaching. Subject to satisfactory completion of these checks, the teacher will be issued with a letter confirming the award of QTS. Details of fully qualified teachers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA will be held by the NCTL on the database of qualified teachers in England.

 

Teachers qualified in Australia, Canada, New Zealaned and the USA are not required to complete NQT induction in England.

Other Countries

 

If you trained in a country outside of the EEA, other than Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA, you need to complete an accredited training programme in England to obtain QTS and take up a permanent teaching post.

 

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