Qualified teachers who trained outside of England can obtain QTS by having their qualifications assessed by the Teaching Regulation Agency. This includes teachers who trained in Scotland, Northern Ireland, the European Economic Area (EEA), Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States of America (USA).

What is Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)?

Maintained schools form part of the state-funded schools system in England (including primary, secondary and special schools for pupils with special educational needs). In maintained schools funding and oversight is generally through the local authority. They make up the majority of schools in England and are mostly either community schools or voluntary controlled schools (where the local authority employs the school's staff and is responsible for admissions) or foundation and voluntary aided schools, where the school's governing body employs the staff and has responsibility for admissions.

From the 19 December 2016 teachers who are recognised in the EEA but who are only qualified to teach pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) can apply for partial qualified teacher status in England. A teacher with partial qualified teacher status can be appointed to a qualified teacher post in a special school or to teach pupils in a specialist unit in mainstream schools. Partial qualified teacher status also exempts a teacher from the requirement to serve a statutory induction period in England.

This change is due to an amendment to Council Directive 2005/36/EC. EU Member States must recognise qualifications when they entitle a professional to work in specific areas of a regulated profession.

Who can apply for QTS?

There are four different application forms. You must complete the appropriate form. The forms are:

  • Scotland - For teachers trained in Scotland or with Full Registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
  • Northern Ireland - For teachers trained in Northern Ireland or registered with the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland.
  • Overseas Trained Teachers - For teachers trained in Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America (USA).
  • European Economic Area (EEA) - For nationals of the EEA who are qualified to teach in an EEA country. Swiss nationals are also eligible to apply for QTS in England.

If you are not a qualified teacher in any of these countries and wish to gain QTS you can find out more on the Department for Education's Get into teaching site.

Any Problems

Please be aware that any inactivity for a period of 20 minutes when completing your application will result in a timeout and a requirement to re-start your application.

If you experience any difficulties during the application process please email our help team QTS.enquiries@education.gov.uk

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