Overseas teachers

If you are from overseas and want to teach in a world-class education system with great opportunities for career progression, teaching in England could be for you. There’s support available for both qualified teachers and graduates seeking to train as teachers – particularly in maths and physics – so relocating to teach in England may be easier than you think.

Are you a qualified maths or physics teacher ready for a career in England?

As a talented, trained and qualified overseas maths or physics teacher, you are in demand. Making the move to England is a great way to gain experience and build your resumé. The education system in England is dynamic and diverse where talented teachers can progress quickly. 

Gaining qualifed teacher status 

To be a qualified teacher in England, you will need to gain qualified teacher status (QTS). You may be able to gain QTS in England without any further training or assessment. If you are qualified to teach in the European Economic Area (EEA), Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA, visit GOV.UK to find out more. Although not mandatory for all schools, evidence shows that most schools hire teachers who hold QTS, or are working towards QTS.

If you are a qualified maths or physics teacher from the named countries above, make sure you register with us – your details will then be shared with schools that are looking to recruit highly skilled maths or physics teachers in England.    


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On average, a teacher earns £37,800 a year

Securing a UK visa (non-EEA teachers)

If you are from outside the EEA, you may need to apply for a UK visa. There are different types of visas, each with its own eligibility criteria. Did you know, for example, that secondary teachers in maths, physics and chemistry are currently considered ‘shortage occupations’ by the Home Office? This means that if you teach these subjects it will be easier for a school to sponsor you for a Tier 2 work visa. 

The UK’s immigration rules also fully accommodate qualified teachers coming to teach in England from non-EEA countries. For example, to meet the eligibility criteria for a visa to work in England, you will need:

  • to earn a salary of £20,800 or more – the starting salary for teachers is between £22,467 and £28,098  
  • a certificate of sponsorship issued to you by your employer – this should be provided by the school 

Helpful resources

If you are looking to teach in England in the near future, you may find the following resources useful:  

  • Edubase – a database containing the details of all schools in England, including websites, where most schools will advertise opportunities 
  • GOV.UK QTS guidance – for qualified teachers from the EEA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA looking to find out more about securing QTS 
  • GOV.UK non-EEA guidance – for qualified teachers not from the above countries

Important information for non-UK nationals and EEA citizens following EU referendum result:

European teachers and student teachers are highly valued for their contribution to our children’s education. We would like to reassure you that there will be no immediate changes in the circumstances of European citizens living, studying or working in the UK. The UK is still a member of the EU and remains bound by EU law until the terms of our exit have been determined. 

If you are an overseas graduate seeking to qualify for teaching in England, visit our overseas graduate page.

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It was fairly simple to apply for a visa. There are specific things you need before applying, so make sure you are organised with a checklist of all the documents you need. 

Janelle, overseas teacher

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