have trained as a teacher outside the UK and are looking forward
to developing a new and exciting teaching career in England you
will need some detailed professional advice to assist you.
Total Teaching can provide you with all the information you need
on an individual basis. All you have to do is to e-mail us with
your details at this address
As well as
providing you with individual advice concerning your
qualification to teach here, we can also offer you work as a
supply teacher or help in getting a short or long-term post in a
past few years we have dealt with hundreds of overseas trained
teachers looking to secure work in the UK. The experiences you
will have living and teaching in the UK will be very different
to what you are used to but we are here to help make the
transition as smooth as possible.
a wide variety of special regulations that apply to people from
Overseas who wish to teach in England depending on what part of
the word they come from. This is why it is far simpler for you
and for us if you contact us directly with your enquiry.
in order to give you some general information you may find the
following advice will help.
countries in The European Union (EU)
Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France,
Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania,
Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The
Netherlands, United Kingdom)
People from countries within the European Union must be
recognised as fully qualified teachers in their own country.
They therefore should have completed at least 3 years full-time
study after the age of 18 and be qualified to teach in schools
in their own state system.
teachers from within the European Union do not require a work
permit and may be able to obtain official Qualified Teacher
Status in this country by simply completing a formal application
for recognition (We can give detailed advice on how to do this).
will be required to produce their original documents showing
their qualification. It would also be helpful to have two
authorised photocopies of these documents together with
translations where required. Teachers will also require a
National Insurance Number which can be applied for on arrival in
Australia, New Zealand , Canada , Ghana, India, Pakistan South
Africa , Ghana Barbados, Jamaica.
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of check with
from Commonwealth Countries may work here freely if they can
claim PATRIALITY - that is, if they have a parent or grandparent
who was born in the UK, provided there are no restrictions on
“Patriality” and “Ancestry” refer to Commonwealth citizens who
have at least one parent (Patriality) or one grandparent
(Ancestry) born in Britain.
Individuals with Ancestry or Patriality visas do not need a work
permit to work in the UK.
note that you will need a certificate of entitlement to right of
abode in UK / certificate of entry. You must obtain this from
your nearest British Diplomatic office BEFORE leaving your home
advised to do this as quickly as possible since it may take you
some time to assemble the necessary birth and marriage
If you are
applying for an Ancestry visa, you will normally only be given
leave to remain in the UK for 4 years, after which you are
eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain (permanent
residence) in the UK.
Patriality, this 4-year restriction does not apply, because you
are entitled to immediate permanent residence.
other Overseas Teachers.
Overseas teachers require a work permit. Work Permits can only
be applied for by the school employing the teacher, not
the teacher personally or an agency. In order to help schools
with the administrative details of the application, Total
Teaching has the appropriate form which can be partly completed
on-line or at interview with us when you arrive. The form then
has to be finally completed and countersigned by the employing
school who actually submits the final application
teachers may also be able to obtain Qualified Teacher Status
under the Graduate Teacher Programme. If the teacher has a
degree and is a qualified teacher in state schools in their own
country, provided that these are recognised as of equivalent
standard to those in the UK, then such teachers may be able to
receive training during a period which varies from 3 months to
one year. The exact amount of training will be determined
according to the background and experience of the individual
Important Things to bring with you:-
Records Clearance form from your own country, originals or
verified photocopies of all you qualifications, Passport,
Driving Licence, Birth Certificate, bank statement, and bank
Opening a UK Bank
It's not as easy as one might think to open a bank account in
the UK. If you think the bank is doing you a favour by allowing
you to keep your money with them, then you will be a step ahead
in understanding the system, and less bewildered after your UK
your basic UK banking options:
Open a UK Account from Australia, New Zealand, South
Purchase a bank account set-up package from a travel
company before you leave.
Don’t do anything and sort it out when you get here.
If you would like to get everything organised before you leave
you can choose to open a UK account from Australia or New
Zealand through Thomas Cook (they use HSBC) or directly
through HSBC. Thomas Cook charges a fee for this and with HSBC
you may need to make a minimum deposit.
2. Another option is to purchase a 'start-up' package prior to
your departure which will allow you to open a bank
account in the
UK upon arrival
without needing to have a UK job or lease in your name
yet. This is a middle-road and popular option.
decide to not do anything prior to arrival you will need to
have a job and a household bills in your name prior to opening a
bank account in England. This is not always easy considering you
often need a job to get a lease in your name and a permanent UK
address to get bills in your name. You will also need
proof of ID in the form of your Passport. It can feel r bit
like a bad joke, but take heart, it does work out eventually.
The key is to find a job as soon as possible so you can
enter into a lease and open a bank account. It may help you to
bring with you to the UK a letter from your current bank
branch stating for how long you have been a customer and that
you have a good banking record. If you cannot get a
letter of that type, you should bring a recent and original
banking statement ensuring that your name and home address are
both shown on it.
many banks in the UK and they offer different arrangements and
levels of service. You should spend some time finding the bank
which offers the best service for you. Ask other international
teachers which banks they have found most helpful. When
choosing a bank, you need to consider the following:
1. The services the bank will offer you and what charges it will make;
2. What arrangements there are for transferring
money from your home country, and the costs involved;
What documents are required by the bank in order to open an account.
4. How easy it is for you to visit or contact the bank.
See full advice for
UKCOSA: The Council for
International Education at
UK High Street Banks can be found
on-line at the following addresses:
Please note that this list
does not constitute a recommendation.
Finding suitable accommodation can be fraught with problems.
Some letting agencies require a fee of £50 to £100 just to
register you and check your financial circumstances on behalf of
Taking on a tenancy can involve you in making large deposits and
it is difficult to find landlords willing to offer less than a
one year tenancy.
advice for teachers coming from overseas is to book overnight
Bed and Breakfast accommodation and then actual view potential
vacancies in person.
give you some idea about the facilities offered and the costs
involved we suggest that you look at these sites before making
any rash decisions.
rent and flat shares.
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YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL