Overseas teachers

If you're 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. 

Although global travel, including to the UK, is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), we still encourage you to take the steps to teach in England.

On this page, we provide guidance on:

  • Applying for a job if you’re already qualified 
  • How to teach in England if you’re not a qualified teacher yet
  • Government-run programmes for qualified teachers
  • Immigration
  • Travelling to the UK
  • Returning to teach in England if you're an overseas UK national

Applying for a job if you’re already qualified 

You can still start an application for teaching vacancies in England despite coronavirus. You can also get information about schools in England.

If you’ve already started applying for a job, contact your potential employer. They’ll be able to tell you how coronavirus is affecting their recruitment.

How to teach in England if you’re not a qualified teacher yet

Despite coronavirus, you can still start your application to qualify to teach in England

You can also consider the Maths and Physics Chairs Programme or Teach First.

Learn more about teaching in England if you’re a graduate from overseas

Government-run programmes for qualified teachers 

International Teacher Recruitment Programme (ITRP)

Are you qualified to teach Maths, Physics, Computer Science, General Science or Modern Foreign Languages? Are you from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain or the USA?

If so, you may be eligible for the ITRP. The programme helps you with:

  • getting visas and work permits 
  • finding schools and vacancies
  • getting used to living in the UK (there’s an event when you arrive and networking opportunities)
  • professional development (this includes training in the English curriculum)

The UK government works with recruitment agencies to run the programme. Register your interest with one of the agencies below. Take a look at all of them, as they offer slightly different services:

Spain's Visiting Teachers Programme

Spain’s Visiting Teachers Programme is run by the UK government and the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training in Spain. 

The programme is placing qualified teachers from Spain to teach modern foreign languages in England in the academic year 2020/21. The teachers placed through this programme receive an acclimatisation support package.

How coronavirus (Covid-19) is affecting the ITRP and Spain’s Visiting Teachers Programme

The programmes are still recruiting teachers for the 2020 to 2021 academic year, but will focus on getting teachers into positions by January 2021 rather than September 2020.

If you’ve already applied and want to start teaching in September 2020, or have concerns about travel, contact your recruitment agency to discuss your options.


The UK is introducing a points-based immigration system from January 2021. This will apply to all overseas teachers arriving after 31 December 2020.

If you’re from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland and start living in the UK before 31 December 2020, you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living here after 30 June 2021.

Travelling to the UK

Check your country’s advice to keep up to date with travel restrictions during coronavirus. The UK government has also published guidance for those affected by changes to UK immigration and borders due to coronavirus, including what to do if you need a visa to travel to the UK and an immigration helpline.

Returning to teach in England from overseas

If you're looking for new opportunities back home, we are here to support you to progress your career in teaching.