Who is eligible for the Overseas Trained Teacher Programme?
Someone who has entered the UK as a graduate from another country (with the exceptions indicated below), who has gained a recognised teaching qualification from their home country and has completed a period of teaching as part of the induction arrangements required by that country (sometimes called a ‘licence to teach’ or ‘teaching registration).
Qualified teachers from any of the EEA member states and Switzerland.
Qualified teachers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States of America (USA)).
Teachers who qualified in any of the EEA member states or Switzerland
European Economic Area (EEA) nationals who are recognised as qualified school teachers in another EEA member state may apply for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in England under the terms of Council Directive 2005/36/EC without the need to undertake further teacher training in England. Teachers must apply to the Teaching Agency for the award of QTS before they can be recognised as qualified teachers. The downloadable application form (and more information) is on the Department for Education website:-
Teachers who qualified in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States of America (USA)
From 1st April 2012, teachers who qualified in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States of America (USA) will be recognised as qualified teachers and awarded QTS in England without being required to undertake any further training or assessment. In order to be awarded recognition as a qualified teacher, you will need to have satisfied both of the following conditions in Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA:
(a) You must have successfully completed a course of initial teacher training (ITT) which is recognised by the competent authority in that country; and
(b) successfully completed or satisfied any additional conditions, including any period of professional experience comparable to an induction period, which are required for employment on a permanent
basis in government schools (schools wholly or mainly government funded) in Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA.
Teachers who are barred or subject to any restrictions on their eligibility to teach in their country of qualification will not be able to be recognised as qualified teachers in England. To be recognised as a fully qualified teacher in England, you must be able to teach as a fully qualified teacher in the country where you were trained.
Teachers must apply to the Teaching Agency for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) before they can be recognised as qualified teachers. The downloadable application form (and more information) is on the Department for Education website:
Once QTS has been awarded, teachers qualified in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and in USA will not be required to undertake statutory induction. They will be subject to the performance management arrangements in schools in the same way as any other qualified teacher.
Regulations for Teachers who qualified in countries other than in one of the 28 EEA member states, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America (USA)
The Education (Specified Work and Registration) (England) Regulations 2003 (SI 2003/1663) and the Education (Specified Work and Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (SI2007/2117) set out the conditions under which overseas-trained teachers are allowed to carry out specified work.
Prospective applicants for Canterbury Christ Church University’s OTTP MUST refer to the information on the Department for Education website (below) before contacting the university. Special notice must be taken about the ‘4 year rule’.
Applying to join Canterbury Christ Church University’s Overseas Trained Teacher Programme
Applicants must already be employed as a full time teacher.
Applicants must meet all the entry requirements and have their original certificates, as well as copies. This can sometimes take time and it is imperative that action is taken early. They should arrange a check with UK NARIC to establish whether their home qualifications are equivalent to a UK first degree and also to a GCSE grade 'C' in maths and English (and science if the person is a primary teacher). Some teachers may need to top up their qualifications before they can undertake QTS training and extra time is not available for this purpose.
An initial expression of interest must be e-mailed to the OTTP co-ordinator, outlining current employment and experience of teaching in the UK. Advice can then be given as to whether the OTTP is the most suitable route to gain QTS for the applicant. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
There may be funding from the Teaching Agency to cover the costs of the OTTP (up to a value of £1250) as well as for the final assessment against the QTS standards. The school will pay the teacher's salary.
If the OTTP route is suitable, an application form will be sent. Please note that the school must make the application.
If the application is in order, the applicant will be interviewed.
If successful, both the OTT and the school’s Employment Based Trainer (EBT) will be invited to an Initial meeting. The expectations of the school and the University will be discussed.
The programme start date is October 2012. On completion of the reflective tasks, a University Tutor will come to the school for a Needs Assessment Meeting. As a result of this, an Individual Training Plan will be devised that will provide the OTT with the opportunity to gain sufficient evidence that they meet the UK Teaching Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the Requirements for Initial Teacher Training.
At the end of the Programme, a member of staff from the University will assess the OTT through classroom observation and scrutiny of a Professional Development Portfolio in order to make the recommendation for QTS if all the standards have been met. The programme can take up to a year but may be completed in less time, depending on the prior experience and progress of the individual.