Return to teaching 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. 

When you return to teach in England from teaching overseas, you bring invaluable experience and skills with you.

The diversity, culture and different teaching methods you’ve experienced will be an asset to our schools, children and young people.

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Read stories and get some tips from teachers with international experience who have made the move back home.

Finding a role

Search for a teaching role in England. You can set up job alerts so that you don’t miss out on any opportunities. 

Take a look at the different types of schools and staff roles to find the best opportunity for you.

We can give you one-to-one support if you’re returning to teach modern foreign languages, maths or physics. Our advisers can help with finding vacancies, reviewing your subject and pedagogical knowledge, application support, and interview preparation.

Getting up to date with changes in schools in England

Depending on how long you’ve been overseas, you might want to catch up on:

Preparing yourself for the move to England

You may wish to:

Career progression

If you want to progress in your career back in England, you may wish to apply for a National Professional Qualification.

A National Professional Qualification can help you get into leadership positions such as head of department, deputy headteacher or headteacher.

How we’re improving things for teachers

A lot has changed for teachers in England over the last few years. The Department for Education is working with schools to:

1. Reduce workload

Teachers, middle leaders and senior leaders reported working 5 hours less per week than they did in 2016.

Take a look at what we’re doing to reduce workload, including our workload reduction toolkit.

2. Improve behaviour

We’ve invested £10m through Behaviour Hubs so that schools with exemplary behaviour can work closely with schools that want to improve behaviour.

3. Make it easier for teachers to work flexibly

Take a look at our flexible working resources for schools.

You can search for jobs with flexible working patterns on Teaching Vacancies.

Getting qualified

If you taught overseas as an unqualified teacher, you’ll need qualified teacher status (QTS) to teach in a maintained school in England.

If you’re experienced and have a degree, you may be able to get QTS through the assessment only route without any further training. 

If you have less than 2 years of teaching experience, you can get qualified on an initial teacher training course

If you qualified overseas in the EEA, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA, you can apply for QTS.

You can teach as an unqualified teacher in academies and free schools.

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