Policy paper

International qualified teacher status (iQTS)

The government's policy on international qualified teacher status (iQTS).

Applies to England



This paper explains the government’s international qualified teacher status (iQTS), with information for:

  • providers
  • trainees
  • mentors
  • school partners
Published 15 November 2021
Last updated 1017 JuneOctober 2022 + show all updates
  1. 'DfE's role' section added and 'Apply to deliver iQTS' has been updated to say that applications are now closed for the academic year 2023 to 2024. 'Information for training providers wishing to offer iQTS' section has been updated with new information on 'Course content' and 'Mentors'.

  2. Replace ‘Introducing the international qualified teacher status pilot’ with ‘Introducing international qualified teacher status’, in preparation for wider roll-out of iQTS. Updates provide information for providers who wish to offer iQTS, candidates who wish to take part and schools who wish to offer placements.

  3. Added Canterbury Christ Church University to providers offering iQTS.

  4. Removed e-Qualitas from the list of providers as it has withdrawn from the pilot.

  5. Updated with details of the providers who have been appointed to deliver iQTS from September 2022.

  6. Updated to reflect that applications to become pilot providers have now closed.

  7. First published.