Overseas applications

We welcome overseas applications for our Training Programme. Find out more about whether you’re eligible and how to apply.

Are you able to accept applications from non-UK citizens?

Yes, we do accept overseas applicants, although you will need to prove your eligibility to work in the UK for the duration of the two-year programme by April in the year you’ll start Summer Institute.

The Graduate visa available from July 2021, and the Youth Mobility Scheme visa do not meet Teach First’s criteria to cover the initial training period and two-year Training Programme. Therefore, we are not able to accept either of these as proof of right to remain. Alternative routes into teaching may be possible using these and we would encourage you to contact ‘Get Into Teaching’ for more information.

Can I apply if I have trained overseas?

Unfortunately, we cannot train and qualify people that are already trained overseas. However, you could look to train in the UK through the overseas-trained teachers route – you can find more information on the Department for Education website.

Does Teach First sponsor visas?

Trainees are not employed by Teach First during their time on the Training Programme. We are therefore not able to sponsor visa applications.

How do I apply with non-UK qualifications?

Please apply via our online application form (you can find this on our Training Programme page): you will have the option to tick a non-UK qualifications box, then you can fill in details of any qualifications you have.

Should you be successful in receiving an offer to the programme, this will be conditional upon you providing documentation to show your overseas qualifications are equivalent to the UK qualifications we require.

We will let you know more about this process at the time; it requires you contacting ENIC, a governing body that will provide documentation confirming if your qualifications are equivalent.

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