5th October 2020
On 16th September 2020 the government published the guidance document Recruit teachers from overseas. The document covers how the new points-based immigration system due to be implemented from 1 January 2021 will change the way schools recruit experienced teachers who are not UK or Irish nationals.
All overseas nationals arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021, including those from the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, will come under the UK’s points-based immigration system. Immigration routes will open later in 2020 for applications to live, work and study in the UK from 1 January 2021. Irish citizens will continue to be able to enter, work and study in the UK as they do now.
There are a number or available recruitment options for schools:
This will enable you to recruit overseas teachers who:
For this the employing local authority, MAT or school must hold a licence. Licenced sponsors under the existing system will automatically be granted a licence under the points-based immigration system.
Under the new system schools who are not sponsors will be able to recruit teachers who enter the UK using certain visas:
Any citizen of the EEA or Switzerland living in the UK by 31 December 2020 can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme until 30th June 2021. This will allow them to continue living, working and studying in the UK after 30 June 2021 without having to apply through the points-based immigration system.
State-funded secondary schools and academies in England can get help from the international teacher recruitment programme to recruit experienced maths, physics, computer science, general science and modern foreign languages teachers from overseas. The DfE will fund recruitment costs, an acclimatisation package and an ongoing CPD programme during the teacher’s first year. Schools need to register with a DfE appointed dedicated agency who will provide support and advice with visa processes. Find out more here.
We will be updating our web pages over the coming months as more information becomes available from the Home Office regarding the Points Based Immigration System.