Qualified Teachers Status


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:

  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland
  • the EU
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • Switzerland
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • USA

You need to have certain qualifications to apply for QTS. You can check if your overseas qualifications allow you to apply for QTS.

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