UK lists priority subjects for immigrating teachers
The UK Department of Education has set priority subjects for Nigerians and other citizens wishing to come to the country through the Teaching Regulatory Agency from February 2023.
HIT in June 2022, it was reported that the DfE had announced a change in the way the award was made qualified teacher status teachers from abroad.
According to the report, some highly needed items in the UK will be given priority.
The DfE stated that under retained EU and domestic law, teachers from some countries can easily apply for QTS, but others cannot, even if they have equivalent skills and experience.
He added that the new legislation would make the process consistent and fair, adding: “It will also facilitate the movement of highly qualified teachers into the English workforce.”
Announcing new changes to visa status and how to apply, the UK government on its DfE website stated: “A new professional recognition service called ‘apply for qualified teacher status in England’ will set uniform standards to qualify and the experience of foreign teachers can be fairly assessed.
“Over time it will be open to qualified teachers from all countries outside the UK.
“From February 1, 2023, teaching qualified candidates from the following countries and regions (Australia, Canada, EEA, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United States) will be able to use the new service to see if they qualify for Qualify Teacher Status and apply.”
It is further clarified that applicants with a major in Languages, Mathematics or Science and a teaching qualification for teaching children aged 11 to 16 from Ghana, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Jamaica and India will be able to use this service. to check if they meet the requirements for QTS and also apply.”
Speaking of priority subjects, the DfE noted that a teaching qualification that meets the level 6 qualification standard entitles you to teach children aged 11 to 16, and a bachelor’s degree consisting of at least 50 percent of mathematics, science or language ( other than English) is taught in English public schools.”
The DfE has listed priority subjects as French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Chinese, Russian and Spanish, with the exception of English.
However, it has been added that information on other subjects will be updated by May.