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QTS - Do I Need It As An Aussie Teacher?

When you’re doing your research into teaching in the UK you might see the term ‘Qualified Teacher Status’, or ‘QTS’ come up frequently. What does it mean? And as an Australian teacher do I need it to teach in England?


The great news is that you do not need QTS in order to teach in England. From your first teaching day you have 4 years as an overseas trained teacher in which to teach in English schools. Given that most Aussie teachers only have access to a visa that lasts for 2 years anyway you needn’t worry yourself unnecessarily about QTS.


But what if I can stay longer than 4 years?

If you are planning on staying longer than 4 years to teach in the UK then you will need QTS if you are teaching in a ‘maintained’ (Ie: non-independent) school. There is really only one avenue for Aussie teachers to get this done:


  • You need to have your FULL accreditation with your local state teaching body, such as BOSTES in NSW, the VIT in Victoria, the TRB in SA etc.  If you do you can then request a ‘Letter of Professional Standing’ that you submit online (we can provide you with all the links and details) which enables you to immediately receive QTS once approved. Nice & easy!


If you aren’t fully accredited (Ie: provisional or conditional) then unfortunately it is terribly hard to attain QTS in the UK (see for more information.)


Finally you may also see the term ‘unqualified teacher’ in your research; that is a term that related to teachers without QTS. If you’re thinking to yourself that “I didn’t sit through a 4 year Bachelors degree just to be called ‘unqualified’!” then don’t worry – you won’t be! It is simply an unflattering term they use to refer to any teacher without QTS. You’re still recognised as having a teaching qualification – and paid that way too – so you can safely travel to the UK as a new grad Aussie teacher!


Keen to register to teach with England's largest education staffing company and the single busiest for work in London? Contact the Aussie-based team at Protocol Education today!

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Category: Australian Teachers

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