Teacher profiles include a label detailing the teacher's level of qualification. These are abbreviated as follows:

QTS - The teacher has full QTS and has completed induction
QTLS - The teacher holds membership of the SET and is considered fully qualified as per QTS
NQT - The teacher has QTS but has not yet completed induction
EEA - The teacher was trained in the European Economic Area
OTT (ANUC) - The teacher was trained in the Australia, New Zealand, the US or Canada
OTT (World) - The teacher was trained in another country not covered above
USP - Unqualified Specialist Practitioner. The teacher is not qualified, but has deep experience in the subject
TA -
Teaching Assistant
Cover Supervisor 

As teachers acquire QTS, for example an EEA trained teacher who applies for and acquires QTS, their status will be changed to reflect this. Please find a full breakdown of applicable work permissions below.

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Teachers with QTS or QTLS with SET membership are considered fully qualified to teach in the UK.  NQTs are considered qualified teachers, pending successful completion of their induction period.

EEA trained teachers and OTT teachers are considered unqualified teachers in the UK until they acquire QTS. They are only permitted to accept placements that have a maximum length of four months and may not take up a full time position in a school. Teacher Booker will encourage these teachers to apply for QTS at the time their compliance checks are conducted. The candidate will periodically be reminded to apply for QTS if it has not been attained. If, despite our reminders, a teacher reaches their permitted timeframe to teach without having acquired QTS (this includes NQTs’ allotted timeframe of 5 years), they will be suspended from the Teacher Booker platform.

Information for Teachers

Trained in England and Wales

  • Teacher Booker requires proof of teaching qualification and a TRN, where applicable.

  • These, along with personal identifier details, will be checked via the TRA Employer Access portal.

Trained in Scotland or Northern Ireland 

  • Will need to acquire QTS to be fully qualified in England and Wales.

Further Education teachers

  • Can work as a qualified teacher if they are a member of the Society for Education and Teaching (SET).

  • Proof of teaching degree, QTLS and SET number required. 

NQTs

  • Can complete short term supply work totalling less than one term at any point during the first five years after receiving QTS. This work will not count towards Induction.

EEA trained teachers

  • Proof of qualification and English translation required. 

  • NARIC certificate required if level of qualification is unclear.

  • If an EEA member state recognises the candidate as a qualified teacher, the teacher can apply for QTS. 

  • Teachers from outside the EEA who are recognised as and have worked as a qualified teacher in an EEA state for three years or more can apply for QTS in the same way.

  • No induction is required if application is successful..

  • More information is available here.

Overseas Trained Teachers (OTTs) -- Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada

  • Teachers trained in these countries can apply for QTS without the need for further training. Teacher Booker will advise these nationals to apply for QTS. 

  • NARIC certificate required if level of qualification is unclear.

  • OTTs whose first day of teaching work in the UK was more than 4 years ago cannot obtain further work as a teacher until they acquire QTS. After this period they may work as a Specialist Practitioner.

Overseas Trained Teachers (OTTs) -- Non-EEA or above mentioned countries

  • An accredited training programme will need to be taken to acquire QTS. 

  • NARIC certificate required if level of qualification is unclear.

  • OTTs whose first day of teaching work in the UK was more than 4 years ago cannot obtain further work as a teacher until they acquire QTS. After this period they may work as a Specialist Practitioner.

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