UK: Overseas Teacher Training Programme (OTTP)

Who is this for?

  • Teachers that qualified overseas and outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
  • You need to have already found a teaching position in a school.

How long do I have to get my QTS on the OTTP?

You may be eligible to work in England as a temporary, unqualified teacher for up to four years while you achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). Currently, this programme is only available in England.  You MUST have your QTS within the 4 years otherwise you will no longer be allowed to teach. 

What training will I get?

The Overseas Trained Teacher Programme (OTTP) will provide you with an individual training and assessment programme. This will ultimately lead to your qualification to teach in England permanently.

How long will it take?

The length of the programme depends on how much additional training you need. However, the longest amount of time you can spend on the programme is one year full-time. If you feel your skills and experience meet all the QTS standards with minimal additional training, you may apply for assessment based training.

What about money?

If you need to undertake a programme of additional training the TDA will cover the costs (up to a value of £1,250) as well as for your final assessment against the QTS standards. Your school will continue to pay your salary.

How do I find out more/apply?

Visit the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) for more information.