International NQT Support Programme

Course Description

Our International NQT Support Programme is specially designed for UK trained teachers currently working in the Middle East.

This Programme will provide practical guidance to ensure that you receive a high quality package of monitoring, professional development, support and assessment throughout your NQT period to obtain your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) upon returning to the UK (this will be fast-tracked). 

This is a very demanding course, however, high-quality professional and personal support will be provided by TFoIS link tutors and school mentors. Your NQT Profile will require you to be proactive in and reflect upon the development of your practice, to support your professional development and to set targets accordingly with the support of your mentor and link tutor.

With the Early Career Framework (ECF) becoming a 2-year programme from September 2021, international students will require to complete a 2-year induction process consisting of online modules covering all essesntial information related to ECF and Teachers’ Standards.

Course Summary

There are 2 stages to this programme
  • Stage A is the support stage, consisting of the following elements:
  • Register your interest
  • Interview
  • Fulfilment of any pre-entry requirements
  • Confirmation and access to TFoIS online resources
  • Online informative webinars
  • Stage B is the assessment stage, consisting of the following elements:
  • Registration with the appropiate body
  • 12 weeks of preparation for QTS
  • Assessment visit to the candidate’s school to assess for QTS

At the end of stage B, you will receive a single visit to your school for the final assessment for QTS against the Teachers’ Standards. This will include observations of your teaching, discussion with your professional colleagues, perusal of your prepared portfolio of evidence and a discussion with you.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The minimum criteria for students to be admitted to the course are as follows:
  • Successful completion of an Honours degree in an applicable subject area, usually class 2:1 or above, awarded by a United Kingdom Higher Education institution with degree awarding powers, or equivalent qualification
  • Grade C at GCSE level in Mathematics and Science, Grade B (preferred) at GCSE level in English and/or their equivalents
  • Potential international students’ qualifications will be checked by NARIC for appropriate equivalency
  • Students should also:
  • Be able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written Standard English
  • Have considerable, relevant school experience, determined on an individual basis at induction interview

The current Teachers’ Standards are assessed in one school placement and students must achieve a judgement of at least satisfactory to be recommended for QTS. Judgements of students’ attainment will be a joint decision between TFoIS link tutor and the Accredited College.

Next Steps

Upon successful completion and gaining award of QTS, you will be a qualified teacher in England and can be employed in any English state school (including academies, free schools or independent school).

Fee Structure 2020/21

There is no funding for this programme; either you or your school must meet the costs:

TOTAL Cost payable: £3,600.00  (includes Stage A & B). This is payable as a lump sum or as 6 instalments.

  • Stage A
  • The NQT Support Programme fee, including online tutorials, is £2000, across 24 months.
  • Stage B
  • QTS assessment fee of £1600
  • This is payable upon return to the UK, at an agreed time, when it is mutually agreed you are ready to be assessed.
    We envisage this will be within 6 months of your returning to the UK.