Introducing International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS)

Closed 3 May 2021

Opened 6 Feb 2021

Feedback updated 24 Aug 2021

We asked

We asked for views about introducing a new international teaching qualification called iQTS based on English standards and training methods, accessible in a range of international markets. The consultation set out a proposed blueprint for the qualification and asked for views on the proposed framework and market potential.

You said

Responses to the consultation were very positive and respondents overwhelmingly agreed with the vast majority of proposals and the overarching approach to align iQTS closely with English ITT. Responses evidenced clear demand both in terms of ITT providers who expressed an interest in being involved in delivering iQTS, and the international sector in highlighting the demand for a UK Government-backed qualification.

We did

On the basis of responses to the consultation, the Department for Education will create a new international teaching qualification called International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS), beginning with a small pilot before moving to full roll-out. The public response summarises our findings and outlines our next steps.


We’re seeking insight into proposals for a new international teaching qualification.

Why your views matter

Global demand for high-quality education has created unprecedented demand for highly-qualified teachers and provides new and growing opportunities for English-style teacher training overseas.

The Department for Education (DfE) is consulting on the creation of a new international teaching qualification, based on English standards and training methods, which could be delivered in a variety of contexts. Introducing this qualification could give teachers the opportunity to train to high-quality, English standards worldwide, as well as providing more opportunities for English teacher training providers to expand into the global teacher training market.

DfE would welcome views on a proposed framework for this new qualification.

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