The United Kingdom is expanding its teaching workforce to accommodate teachers from outside the country.
To this end, the UK’s Department for Education (DfE) said it is developing a fairer approach to awarding the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
The UK government said it’s coming up with a new professional recognition service, called ‘apply for qualified teacher status in England’.
The programme will set consistent standards so the qualifications and experience of overseas teachers can be fairly assessed.
It will eventually be open to qualified teachers from all countries outside the UK.
In the meantime, starting from February 1, 2023, applicants with a teaching qualification from the following countries and regions will be able to use the new service to check they meet the requirements for QTS and apply:
UK teachers recruitment: List of qualifications and experience you will need to apply
- the EEA
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Northern Ireland
- the USA
Meanwhile, applicants with a subject specialism in languages, mathematics or science and a teaching qualification to teach 11 to 16 year olds from the following 7 countries will be able to use the service to check if they meet the requirements for QTS and apply:
- South Africa
How to know if you are eligible to teach in UK
The British government has also announced that said non-UK teachers can now check their eligibility to apply for QTS using this service.
Those who are not eligible to use the new service can complete initial teacher training in England or apply for international qualified teacher status (iQTS).
UK offers new work visa for teachers; Nigerians can apply
Earlier, calabargistblog.com.ng reported that the UK government released a new update on a work visa for teachers targeting countries like Nigeria, Ghana and other developing economies.
UK teachers’ recruitment update: List of priority subjects for Nigerians, others
Those who apply for teaching jobs from overseas will require a work visa or other immigration status to allow them to work in the UK. They will also need a skilled worker visa from their employer.
The sponsor can be a school, local authority, or an academy trust required to have a worker license known as an employer license.
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