Find out about employing overseas-trained teachers without qualified teacher status (QTS) and the 4-year rule.


Employing overseas teachers without QTS: the ‘4-year rule’



This guidance is for overseas teachers in England and their employers.

In this guidance, ‘overseas teacher’ means an individual who has qualified as a teacher in a country outside of England.

This guidance applies to overseas teachers who are teaching without QTS in:

  • local authority maintained schools
  • non-maintained special schools
  • pupil referral units (PRUs)
  • alternative provision academies
  • alternative provision free schools

Published 21 July 2020