Overseas teachers can teach in maintained schools and non-maintained special schools in England without qualified teacher status (QTS) for up to 4 years. This is called the ‘4-year rule’.
Overseas teachers who want to get QTS
If you have a degree and 2 years’ teaching experience, you can achieve QTS by completing the assessment only route without doing more training.
If you are a teacher from the following places, you can get QTS without having to do teacher training or assessment only:
- Northern Ireland
- the EU
- New Zealand
You need to have certain qualifications to apply for QTS. You can check if your overseas qualifications allow you to apply for QTS.