From 1 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 qualified teacher status (QTS) in England without being required to undertake any further training or assessment.
They will still be required to satisfy any UK Border Agency requirements that may apply to them for the purposes of entering or remaining in the UK to work as a teacher. In order to be awarded recognition as a qualified teacher, they will need to have satisfied both of the following conditions in Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA:
(a) they 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 who failed an assessment of the QTS standards as part of an ITT programme in England before 1 April 2012 will not be awarded QTS under these arrangements. They will need to undertake another course of ITT and meet all of the standards before they can be considered for QTS. Teachers who previously commenced but did not complete an ITT programme may still be considered for QTS without further training.
Applying for QTS
Teachers must apply to the National College for Teaching and Leadership (part of the Department for Education) for the award of QTS before they can be recognised as qualified teachers. The downloadable application form (PDF, 119KB) should be completed and sent to the National College for Teaching and Leadership with a letter confirming that the teacher is both qualified and eligible to teach permanently in the country in question. Only letters from the recognised authority will be accepted for this purpose.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership will verify that the individual is a fully qualified teacher in Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA and has not been barred from teaching. Subject to satisfactory completion of these checks, the teacher will be issued with a letter confirming the award of QTS. Details of fully qualified teachers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA will be held on the National College for Teaching and Leadership's database of teachers with QTS.
Once QTS has been awarded, teachers employed to teach in a maintained school in England and Wales will be paid under the qualified teachers' pay ranges in the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (PDF, 1.1MB)
Schools with academy status are able to determine their own salary levels for teachers.
Induction and performance management
Once QTS has been awarded, teachers qualified in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and in the 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.