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.
Extra support via online event
This hour-long online event on 24 November is to support UK teachers currently teaching overseas in their return to teach in England. Our panel of experts will cover topics such as finding vacancies, real life examples from returners, guidance and practical support available to you. You'll also get a chance to ask questions answered and network with colleagues in a similar position. Register online here.
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 thinking about coming home to teach in England, we want to help. Download our factsheet which contains all of the information you’ll need
- 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
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