International Schools: Teachers

Department for Education written question – answered on 29th May 2018.

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Photo of Lord Lexden Lord Lexden Deputy Chairman of Committees, Deputy Speaker (Lords)

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to allow British international schools to award qualified teacher status.

Photo of Lord Agnew of Oulton Lord Agnew of Oulton Conservative

There is currently no plan to allow British international schools to recommend individuals for qualified teacher status (QTS).

The regulations, which set out the various routes to QTS, require courses of initial teacher training (ITT) to be completed at an accredited institution in England. In addition, practical teaching experience for the purpose of ITT must be undertaken wholly or mainly in England.

There may be circumstances where part of the training could take place outside England. For example, trainees specialising in modern foreign languages may benefit from time in schools abroad, but this must be in partnership with an accredited provider in England, which would make the recommendation for QTS.

These requirements can be found in Part 1 of Schedule 2 to The Education (School Teachers' Qualifications) (England) Regulations 2003.

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