Overseas Trained Teachers
There are over 60 overseas trained teachers currently employed
in Bedfordshire schools. If you have a teaching qualification
obtained from any country which is part of the European Economic
Area your qualifications will probably be recognised by the General
Teaching Council for England and you will be awarded QTS (Qualified
For other teachers it will be necessary for you to be assessed - by
showing that you are familiar with the National Curriculum and
current 'competencies' for all teachers in England. Schools are
able to offer training and support to help overseas teachers and
the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) makes a grant
available to fund the cost of this.
Currently teachers may work for up to four years as a temporary
teacher without QTS. You cannot work beyond this even if you have
been granted Leave to Remain. It is expected that you will be able
to achieve QTS within this time.
If you are looking to work in Bedfordshire you should apply to
schools advertising suitable vacancies in the usual way. Where
necessary schools will apply for a work permit on your behalf. All
training and/or assessment places are allocated by local Designated
Recommending Bodies (DRBs).
Places are limited therefore you are advised to contact them to
check availability. Details of all DRBs can be found on the TDA