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Overseas Teachers

There are numerous avenues in which a non-UK citizen can work as a teacher in England. However, there are visas and qualifications you must hold to be eligible.


Your qualifications must be recognised and transferred to a UK equivalent. Talk to the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) to learn more about your qualifications and their UK equivalent. They will give you a letter which you can produce as proof of your qualifications. 

Four Year Rule

Overseas trained teachers (OTTs) from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) are able to teach in England as a temporary teacher for up to four years without the need to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

In order to work as a permanent teacher in England, or to continue working as a supply teacher after four years from the date you first taught in England, it is essential you gain QTS. For more information, visit the government's getintoteaching website


If you are not a citizen of an EU member state, you will need a current working visa or work permit to teach in the UK. This must be arranged prior to your arrival.

Further information on UK work permits can be obtained through the official government website or the British High Consulate in your country.

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