Introducing International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS)

Closed 3 May 2021

Opened 6 Feb 2021


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

Why we are consulting

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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  • Teachers
  • Headteachers
  • Training providers
  • Designated safeguarding leads
  • Unions and representative organisations
  • Universities


  • Education
  • Teachers' standards
  • Training and development