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.
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:
- the latest Teachers’ Standards
- recent changes to the national curriculum and qualifications
- current behaviour management guidelines
- recent changes to the Ofsted framework, which includes an active focus on reducing workload
- the latest evidence on improving teaching and learning - see the Education Endowment Foundation’s Teaching and Learning Toolkit
Preparing yourself for the move to England
You may wish to:
- join the Chartered College of Teaching, the professional body for teachers which celebrates, supports and connects teachers with a wealth of research and resources
- join a teaching union
- read up on teaching interview tips if it’s been a while since your last interview, as well as specific pointers for remote interviewing
- ensure your pension is up to date
- check the FCO’s travel advice
If you want to progress in your career back in England, you may wish to apply for a National Professional Qualification.
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.
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.
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.
You can teach as an unqualified teacher in academies and free schools.
Further information and support
- if you’re returning to teach maths or physics in a state-funded school in certain areas, you could be eligible for a £2,000 payment after tax
- returning science, languages and computing teachers in 25 local authorities may also be eligible to claim back student loan repayments
- if you’re returning to teach secondary maths, core maths, physics or languages and want to refresh your knowledge, you may be eligible for a free subject specialist training course
Teacher training options
06 July 2020 - 19:00
Looking for a career with a real purpose? Join this online event to find out more about teaching as a career and the different routes you can take to qualify as a teacher in England. Our panel of experts will help you decide which route is best for you and provide lots of advice to kick-start your new career.
Support with your UCAS application
13 July 2020 - 19:00
Whether you’re looking to apply for this September or next year, this online event will provide advice on the UCAS application process. Our expert panel will answer your questions on preparing your personal statement, how to make your application stand out and preparing for interview.
Secondary school teaching
15 July 2020 - 12:30
This online event will provide advice on all things secondary teaching. It will offer helpful hints and tips on the different training options available and how to choose the right option for you.