An Introduction to Overseas Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Teaching is not just a profession; it’s a calling that takes many passionate educators across borders to impart knowledge and nurture young minds. If you’re considering taking your teaching skills overseas, it’s crucial to familiarise yourself with the Overseas Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
What is Overseas Qualified Teacher Status?
Overseas Qualified Teacher Status (OQTS) is a recognition awarded to teachers who have qualified in countries outside of the UK but wish to teach in English schools. The status ensures that these educators have met certain standards and are deemed competent to take on teaching roles in the UK.
Why is it important for teachers aiming to work abroad?
Recognition in the UK: While your initial teaching qualifications might be recognised in your home country, the UK education system requires an additional validation to ensure overseas teachers meet their specific standards. Acquiring the OQTS provides this recognition.
Increased Employment Opportunities: Schools and recruitment agencies like ours in the UK are more likely to hire teachers with QTS, as it provides assurance of the teacher’s competency and training.
Professional Growth: Achieving QTS allows overseas teachers to further their professional development. They can access more resources, training programmes, and networking opportunities within the UK educational community.
The Process of Achieving QTS
Assessment of Qualifications: Begin by getting your overseas teaching qualifications assessed by the UK’s National Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC). They will determine the equivalence of your qualifications in relation to UK standards.
Application to the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA): Once you have your assessment, apply to the TRA for QTS. If you’re deemed eligible, you might be required to undertake a skills test or further training, depending on your qualifications and experience.
Skills Tests: Depending on the outcome of your TRA application, you might need to pass Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy. These tests ensure you have the basic skills necessary to teach in the UK.
Induction Period: After gaining QTS, teachers are usually required to complete an induction period in a UK school. This is a supportive phase allowing you to familiarise yourself with the UK education system, curriculums, and teaching methods.
Continued Professional Development: Even after achieving QTS, it’s essential to continue updating your skills and knowledge. Engage in professional development opportunities and become a part of the wider teaching community in the UK.
In conclusion, if you’re an overseas teacher with aspirations to teach in the UK, acquiring the Overseas Qualified Teacher Status is a crucial step in your journey. Not only does it open doors to more job opportunities, but it also ensures that you’re fully equipped and validated to teach in a UK setting. Embrace the process and enjoy the enriching experience of teaching abroad!
Here at Red Box, we specialise in supplying primary schools with qualified teachers, teaching assistants, SEN teachers and Nursery Nurses, including finding roles for those with qualified teacher status. If you are looking for a role in the Newham or Tower Hamlets area in London, contact us, or submit your CV today!