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.

As a talented, trained and qualified overseas maths, physics, French, German or Spanish 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. 

Qualified teachers in maths or physics

If you are a fully qualified overseas teacher in maths or physics, register with us – your details will then be shared with school networks that are looking to recruit highly skilled teachers in England. School networks are focused on recruiting and supporting overseas teachers within their region of England.  Additionally, they’ll also offer support on visas and work permits, professional mentoring and subject specific teaching practise and development.

Qualified teachers in French, German or Spanish

If you are a fully qualified overseas teacher in French, German or Spanish and interested in teaching in England please register with us. Your details will be held on our database, and we will contact you with further information on opportunities for teaching in England once this becomes available.

Register now

Gaining qualified 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.

Registration is easy and only takes a couple of minutes

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 and physics 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 £20,800 if your Certificate of Sponsorship was assigned before 1 July 2019 and you’re teaching a shortage occupation list subject, such as maths or physics – the starting salary for teachers is between £22,467 and £28,098   
  • earn £30,000 for other subjects not on the shortage occupation list – exception applies to modern foreign languages if you are classed as new entrant (under 26 years old) or your sponsor has gone through a Resident Labour Market Test

Helpful resources

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

Important information for non-UK EU nationals:

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. The post-exit position of EU nationals living in the UK has been set out in this announcement, published on 26 June 2017, in the expectation that the EU will offer reciprocal treatment for UK nationals resident in its member states. 

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

Upcoming events

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Application workshop Birmingham

14 September 2017 17:30

Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.

Birmingham

Application Workshop London

16 September 2017 09:30

Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.

London

Application Workshop Leeds

20 September 2017 17:30

Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.

Leeds

Introduction to teacher training options

11 September 2017 18:30

This online event will explore the different teacher training options available to help you decide which might best suit you.