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Recruiting Overseas Teachers from January 2021

Released on 14th October, the Department for Education outlined guidance on how schools can hire teachers "who are not UK or Irish nationals"

There are a number of required measures with this guidance presenting as being as a resul of the upcoming change to the immigration process as of 1st January 2021 when the UK introduces a points-based immigration system. This will change how schools employ 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. 

Teachers from outside the EEA and Switzerland may already need a visa to work in the UK. They can check if they need a visa under the current immigration system.

From a safeguarding perspective the following advice is provided:

Candidates from overseas must undergo the same checks as all other staff in schools, including obtaining an enhanced DBS certificate with barred list information. This still applies even if the candidate has never been to the UK.

When recruiting, schools:

  1. must follow part 3 of Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) statutory guidance, which sets out the safer recruitment checks schools must conduct.

  2. must make any further checks they think appropriate so that relevant events that occurred outside of the UK can be considered - the Home Office provides guidance on criminal records checks for overseas applicants.

  3. can ask candidates for a teaching position to provide proof of their past conduct as a teacher as issued by the professional regulating authority in the country in which the applicant has worked - where available, this can be considered together with information obtained through other pre-appointment checks to help assess suitability.

  4. should, until 1 January 2021, check for teacher sanctions or restrictions imposed by an EEA professional regulating authority.

For a more detailed view of the guidance and to ensure that you are following it when it comes in to force, please check the following link: HERE


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