At Axcis, we support many teachers who qualify overseas and want to come to the UK to teach. We work with schools across England and Wales who are keen to recruit such teachers. But what if you have concerns about your qualifications and how they will translate when you get here? Here is the low-down on Irish teaching qualifications and what it means if you come to teach in England, as well as how to gain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) when you get here.
Recognised Teaching Qualifications from Ireland
It should be noted that the following guidance is not necessarily relevant for Scotland and Wales, so if you require guidance on your teaching qualifications and whether they will be recognised in those locations, we recommend that you seek further guidance.
In general, all officially recognised Irish teaching qualifications are also recognised in England. This is because Ireland forms part of the European Economic Area (EEA).
Gaining QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)
If you are a fully qualified teacher from Ireland, it is a simple form-filling process to be awarded with QTS for the England. All you need to do is follow this simple guidance:
- EEA applicants must allow 4 months for their application for QTS to be processed
- You must be fully recognised by the Teaching Council in Ireland as a state sector teacher
- You must have full registration with the Irish Teaching Council to apply for QTS in England
- If you satisfy the above condition, you must complete the on-line application form by clicking on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/qualified-teacher-status-qts
- Scroll down to where it says, “EEA nationals” and click on “online application form”
- Follow the instructions to complete the on-line form. When the form is received, the assessing body will then be able to determine whether you meet the requirements.
- You must provide evidence that you have full registration with the Teaching Council in Ireland as part of the application process.
What if I am not recognised by the Teaching Council in Ireland as a qualified teacher?
Any teacher from the Republic of Ireland who has not successfully completed or satisfied any additional conditions, including any period of professional experience comparable to an induction period, which are required for employment on a permanent basis in government schools (schools wholly or mainly government funded) in Southern Ireland are not eligible to apply for QTS.
If you hold a teaching qualification which is recognised by a naric as comparable to a teaching qualification in England despite not being eligible for a QTS application, you are still able to teach in England for up to 4 years. Schools may recognise you as an “unqualified teacher“, but many will still be prepared to offer you teaching positions paid on the same basis as qualified roles. Alternatively, you can be considered for support positions or cover supervisor roles in English classrooms. For further information, please get in touch with your local Axcis office.
Can Irish newly qualified teachers do their Induction in England?
We have been informed that yes, Irish teachers who are newly qualified and need to complete their initial probation/induction period can do so in England, and this will be valid back home in Ireland. However, you should contact the Irish Teaching Council to ensure you are up to date with current conditions and meet all requirements.
The Teaching Council
Block A, Maynooth Business Campus
Republic of Ireland
Tel: +353 1 6517900 Fax: +353 1 6517901
QTS and Induction Unit (London) on 0207 593 5394.