Frequently Asked Questions

Teacher Standards

Q1. What is this programme?

Our unique Teachers’ Standards Programme is designed to help overseas trained teachers transfer their qualifications and skills so that they can teach in the UK. It is a stepping stone towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in England and Wales.

Q2. What is QTS?

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is the accreditation that enables you to teach in state schools in England and Wales. As an overseas trained teacher you can gain QTS in the UK by doing the Assessment Only route to QTS. For this, you need to present a folder of detailed written evidence proving that you meet all the Teachers’ Standards – the official governmental requirements for teacher practice and conduct in the UK. Also, your teaching practice needs to be observed and rated by an approved assessor.

Q3. Who is this programme for?

Empowering Learning’s programme is for overseas trained teachers who are already living in the UK. We work with both primary and secondary teachers.

Please note: unfortunately, we cannot help you if you do not already have the right to live and work in the UK.

Q4. Am I eligible?

Yes, if you are a teacher who qualified overseas and you have the right to live and work in the UK.

In terms of qualifications, you need to have GCSEs (grade C+) or equivalent in English and maths. If you teach three to 11-year-olds, you’ll also need a science GCSE or equivalent.

All candidates need a degree or equivalent. If you teach in primary schools, this should be in a national curriculum related subject. If you’re a secondary school teacher, your degree subject should match your specialism.

We will need to see original copies of your certificates for all these qualifications. We will send them to NARIC – the global organisation that compares and validates qualifications – to ensure that they meet the necessary standards.

Q5. What does the programme consist of?

It is a 14-week programme, run in two-hourly sessions on Thursday evenings, designed to provide you with all the information you need about the UK Teachers’ Standards. You will also receive help with the preparation of your own folder of evidence to show that you meet these standards.

But that is not all. Our programme has a unique practical element. We set you up with an 18-day internship in one of our partner schools. This internship is usually part-time and runs over six weeks – to allow you to fit it around any current work commitments. It is a crucial part of our programme, as it will provide you with a reference from a British school – something it is difficult to access the British education system without.

Moreover, after your internship has finished, we will strive to find you a paid job in a British school – either as an unqualified teacher, teaching assistant, learning mentor or lab technician. You can then work towards gaining QTS as you teach.

Q6. Why is it different from other such programmes for overseas trained teachers?

Our training is of an unparalleled standard – we only use the most qualified and experienced consultants to run it. On top of this, our practical support and help is truly unique. No other programme for overseas trained teachers offers both a school internship and individually-tailored recruitment services.  We work hard to find every single one of our programme graduates a paid job in a British school.

We help you write your personal statement and CV. We then get you interviews and support you through them.

Our success rate is hugely impressive. Three quarters of the teachers on our programme find paid work in six months.

Moreover, we continue to offer all teachers who’ve done our programme long-term support and guidance throughout their teaching career. Many of the teachers who first did our training when we set up a decade ago are now in senior roles, including deputy heads and heads of departments. We are still in touch with them and available to discuss their next career move, whenever they think the time is right.

Q7. How much does it cost?

All this expertise, guidance and long-term support costs just £750.

Please note: this amount is to be paid in full before the commencement of the programme.

Q8. When and where does the programme run?

We run it twice a year – from January to May and from September to December. The training is held on Thursday evenings, from 5.30 to 7.30pm. This is so people can continue work in their current jobs and keep their costs as low as possible.

The training is held in our office in London – on Scrutton Street, which is near Old Street, Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations.

Q9. How do I apply?

Please complete the application form on this website. If you are suitable, we will invite you for an interview at our office.

Q10. Once I’ve done this programme can you help me get QTS?

Of course, you can work with the support of Empowering Learning’s QTS consultant towards obtaining QTS via the Assessment Only route. An accredited institution has to conduct the final assessment. In our case, it is The University of Sunderland. Please ask a member of our team about this once you’ve completed the training.