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Teachers: Overseas-Trained

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information his Department has supplied to overseas-trained teachers on qualified teacher status. (135602)

[holding answer 8 May 2007]: The work permit approval letters issued by Work Permits (UK) to employers provide information on the requirement to obtain QTS within four years in order to be able to continue teaching, and instruct the employers to bring the four year rule to the attention of the overseas trained teacher.

My Department has sent out several reminders about the fact that overseas-trained teachers cannot continue to teach in schools beyond four years unless they have obtained qualified teacher status. These are sent in e-format, to schools, local authorities and also to employment agencies via the Recruitment Employment Confederation as well as information provided on the teachernet website and in ‘A Guide to the Law for School Governors’.

The most recent communication, in September 2006, also mentioned that it was intended that overseas trained teachers, who were on employment based teacher training programmes at the point of their four year anniversary, would cease to be eligible to work as teachers from September 2007.