United Kingdom’s new law makes it easier for Foreign-trained teachers to become teachers in the UK.
Nigeria, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Singapore, and South Africa have been listed as part of the countries whose citizens can now apply for qualified teacher status through the Teaching Regulation Agency in the United Kingdom.
Teachers from all eligible countries will have to show they meet a consistent set of criteria for the award of QTS.
To stand a chance, applicants will be required to have qualified teacher status (QTS), a qualification awarded by the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA).
Qualifications and Requirements:
- Minimum of 2 years’ teaching experience
- First (bachelor’s) degree from a UK or non-UK university
- English language qualification which is the same standard as a grade 4 GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education)
- Maths qualification which 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 which is the same standard as a grade 4 GCSE
A GCSE is an academic qualification awarded for examinations in England, usually taken at age 16.
If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, your assessment only teacher training provider may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ showing how they compare to UK qualifications.
You can call us on 0800 389 2500 for:
- guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
- a free statement of comparability from UK ENIC 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 have knowledge of the subjects taught in the English curriculum)
- divided between 2 school settings as long as you have 2 years’ teaching experience in total
Note: Applicants with no teaching experience should apply for (iQTS) to be eligible. QTS is a teaching qualification training backed by the UK government.
About Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
International qualified teacher status (iQTS) is a new teaching qualification backed by the UK government.
It’s delivered online by English teacher training providers in partnership with schools around the world.
For more information on QTS, kindly check here
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