For a copy of this form in Braille or large print please contact the QTS team at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone on 020 7593 5394
Please complete all relevant sections in black ink and BLOCK CAPITALS. Where cross boxes appear please put a cross in those that apply.
Forename: Middle name(s): Surname: Previous surname(s): Title: Date of birth: Gender (m/f):
Y Y Y Y
UK National Insurance number:
Of which EEA state are you a national: Address:
Country: Telephone number: Mobile number: Email address:
Eligibility for qualified teacher status
a) In which EEA State are you recognised as a qualified school teacher?
b) Please indicate the eligibility condition you satisfy: i) You have successfully completed a course of post-secondary higher education of at least three years’ duration, as well as the professional training which may be required in addition to that postsecondary course. ii) In a member state where post-secondary higher education of at least three years is the normal requirement, you are recognised and permitted to practise as a qualified school teacher, having undertaken some lesser education and training in such a State (acquired rights). iii) You are recognised in an EEA state by virtue of qualifications obtained outside of the EEA and have three years’ certified professional experience in that state.
3 Teacher qualifications
Name of teacher qualification: Name of institution: Period of study: From: Date of award:
Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Y Y Y Y
Subject(s) trained to teach:
Age range trained to teach: From: Please continue on a separate sheet if necessary
4 Higher Education qualification
(only complete if your initial teacher qualification was a postgraduate course) Name of qualification: Name of institution: Period of study: From: Date of award: Subject(s):
Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Y Y Y Y
5 Particulars of employment as a school teacher undertaken in the last ten years Employer name and address: Date from: Date to: Subject(s) employed to teach: Age range taught From: To:
Disability Please put a cross in the box to indicate whether or not you have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities (Section 1(1) of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995) Yes No
This information will be used to estimate the number of teachers with disabilities, as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. If you are not sure whether you consider yourself disabled as defined by the Act, or need information, please contact the Equality and Human Rights Commission on 0845 604 6610 (phone), 0845 604 6630 (fax), 0845 604 6620 (textphone), or visit www.equalityhumanrights.com Ethnicity: Please put a cross in one box to indicate your cultural background. This information will be used to estimate the number of teachers from different ethnic groups to enable the TA to track and help monitor equal opportunities for all teachers. White British Irish Other Black, Black British Caribbean African Other Asian, Asian British Indian Pakistani Bangladeshi Other Chinese, Chinese British or other ethnic background Chinese Other Mixed White & Black Caribbean White & Black African White & Asian Other Prefer not to state Put a cross here if you prefer not to state your ethnic group
I declare that the information above is correct and that I have not withheld any material information and that the translation(s) I have provided is/ are true and faithful translations. I understand that such answers shall be the basis on which my application will be considered. Signed: Date of Signature:
Checklist Please send photocopies of your documents, not originals Signed and Dated Proof of Nationality Change of name documentation (if appropriate)
Y Y Y Y
Initial Teacher Training certificate Initial Teacher Training diploma supplement/ transcript (if appropriate) Higher Education/Degree certificate (if appropriate) Certified Translations of qualifications and transcripts S-A4FM-EAQT
Qualified teacher status
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is an accreditation made to those teachers who meet the professional standards required to be able to teach in maintained schools, non-maintained special schools or pupil referral units in England. Without QTS a teacher cannot be employed as a qualified teacher in state schools. The European Council Directive 2005/36/EC allows EEA nationals who are recognised as qualified school teachers in an EEA state to be recognised as qualified school teachers in England. The Teaching Agency (TA) is the competent authority in England for recognising EEA teachers for the award of QTS under this directive. This application form is designed for teachers who are qualified to teach the compulsory age-range in England (5-16).
Are you eligible for QTS?
To be eligible for recognition as a qualified school teacher in England under the directive, you must be able to satisfy one of the following three conditions: 1. You have successfully completed a course of post-secondary higher education of at least three years’ duration, as well as the professional training which may be required in addition to that post-secondary course. 2. In a member state where post-secondary higher education of at least three years is the normal requirement, you are recognised and permitted to practice as a qualified school teacher, having undertaken some lesser education and training in such a state (acquired rights). 3. You are recognised in an EEA state by virtue of qualifications obtained outside of the EEA and have three years’ certified professional experience in that state. Recognition for school teachers is covered by Article 13 under Directive 2005/36/EC. The directive can be found online at http://eur-lex.europa.eu/(directive)
How to apply
Please complete all parts of the form in full and attach any additional information on separate sheets. 1. Personal details Please ensure the contact address you supply is the address you wish all TA correspondence to be sent to. If you do not have a UK national insurance number, please leave this box blank. You need to send in evidence of your EEA nationality e.g. photocopy of passport, ID card etc. If your name is different to that on your qualifications you will need to send in evidence of your change of name e.g. photocopy of marriage certificate etc. 2. Eligibility Please tick which criteria you meet. Please note that if you are applying under Part 2 b iii you will need to provide a letter of attestation from the EEA state that recognised you that confirms you are a recognised teacher and that you have three years’ professional experience in that EEA State after being recognised by them.
3. Teacher qualifications Please detail your initial teacher training qualifications. Please send in a copy of your teaching qualification along with a certified translation. If your qualification does not clearly state your status as a teacher along with the age-range and subjects you are qualified to teach, please send in a copy of your diploma supplement or transcript to support this. If you needed to complete an induction or probation period to become a fully qualified teacher in the EEA state in which you qualified, please send in evidence of this also. 4. Higher education qualification Please complete this section if your initial teacher training was a postgraduate course. You will need to send in a copy of your higher education qualification along with a certified translation. 5. Particulars of employment as a school teacher undertaken in the last ten years. Please detail employment you have undertaken in the last ten years after you qualified as a teacher. 6. Diversity This information will be used to estimate the number of teachers from different ethnic groups to enable the TA to track and help monitor equal opportunities for all teachers. 7. Declaration Please sign and date this section of the form. All applications must be signed and dated before they can begin to be processed.
For your qualifications listed in parts 3 and 4, you need to send in certified English translations of these documents. A certified translation must be undertaken by an independent competent translator. The Association of Translation Companies can tell you about translation companies: www.atc.org.uk Please note we do not accept UK NARIC comparability statements in lieu of certified translations. UK NARIC provides a service whereby qualifications from outside the UK are compared to the UK’s qualification frameworks. These can be useful in demonstrating your level of education to potential employers or educational institutions. You will need to send photocopies of your proof of nationality and additional supporting document if your name is different to those on your qualifications. We do not require certified translations of your evidence of nationality or change of name; you may however wish to accompany them with a translation you have completed yourself.
Where to send your documents:
Once the application form is completed, please send it to us at the following address: QTS and Induction Division Teaching Agency 7th Floor, 53-55 Butts Road Earlsdon Park Coventry CV1 3BH United Kingdom Please remember to send photocopies of your supporting documents and translations. The TA does not accept responsibility for original documents.
What happens next
When we receive your application form we will send you a letter acknowledging receipt of your application. If there are any documents missing from your application we will contact you within one calendar month from the date of receipt. Once we receive a complete application the TA has four months in which to assess and make a decision on whether to award you QTS under the terms of Directive 2005/36/EC. If you are successful you will be regarded as a qualified teacher in England and you will be sent: • your QTS certificate; and • your teacher reference number (if you do not already have one). If you are unsuccessful in your application we will write to you stating why. Applicants wishing to appeal must do so within four months of the notification of the decision.
Getting a job
Most teachers look for work through advertisements in national and local newspapers. Alternatively, they write to individual employers, such as local authorities and school governors, or take advantage of the services offered by EURES (European Employment Services): http://ec.europa.eu/eures If you are looking to work in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales, please contact the appropriate teaching council; details are listed in the Contacts section. You do not need QTS to be a teacher in many independent schools. For more information, contact the Independent Schools Council: www.isc.co.uk If you wish to work in the Further education sector (16+) you will need to contact the Institute for Learning: www.ifl.ac.uk There are also many opportunities to work in a school without being a qualified teacher e.g. teaching assistants and support staff.
Contacts Other stakeholders General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland General Teaching Council for Scotland General Teaching Council for Wales Department for Education Independent Schools Council Institute for Learning Eures UK NARIC Web Tel
www.gtcni.org.uk www.gtcs.org.uk www.gtcw.org.uk www.education.gov.uk www.isc.co.uk www.ifl.ac.uk http://ec.europa.eu/eures www.naric.org.uk
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