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Secondary Education Teaching Professionals

Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – Secondary Education Teaching Professionals – UK Visa Applications


The UK education section is changing and expanding rapidly to meet a growing population – and the demands of new core subjects such as coding and new ways of teaching.


The UK currently has a shortage of secondary education teaching professionals across all subjects and especially in STEM subjects and languages.


The global demand for qualified and experienced teachers in all subject areas can mean intense competition in the international recruitment market for the best candidates to fill secondary education teaching roles.


Changes to the education system in the UK will see a tougher training process for teachers with Qualified Teacher Status scrapped and a system of accreditation introduced in order to raise teaching standards. This will also enable head teachers to recruit practising professionals in fields such as music or in technical subjects such as computing, so they can be fast-tracked into the teaching profession.


Duncan Lewis business immigration solicitors can advise educational institutions and individuals on the international recruitment of secondary education teaching professionals – or highly-qualified candidates in specialised fields such as music or computing, who wish to come to the UK to work as teachers in secondary education.


Secondary education teaching professionals from overseas are eligible to work in the UK under the regulations covering occupations skilled to NQF Level 6.


Duncan Lewis business immigration lawyers can advise on Tier 2 applications – as well as advising on recruiting recent overseas graduates who have qualified as secondary school teachers or who may wish to take up a fast- track teaching appointment in the UK.


Any Tier 2 applicants can be sponsored for jobs in certain occupations – and the government has drawn up a list of eligible occupations for secondary education teaching professionals wishing to apply for a Tier 2 visa to take up a position in the UK.


UK Visas & Immigration regulations set out in the Codes of Practice for Skilled Workers such as secondary education teaching professionals.


Under the regulations, the sort of roles within a company that would be eligible for a Tier 2 visa application include:

  • Deputy head teacher (secondary school)
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Sixth form teacher
  • Teacher (secondary school).


UK Visas & Immigration rules also set out the types of duties a secondary education teaching professional might undertake to qualify for a Tier 2 visa, including:


  • prepares and delivers courses and lessons in accordance with curriculum requirements and teaches one or more subjects
  • prepares, assigns and corrects exercises and examinations to record and evaluate students’ progress
  • prepares students for external examinations and administers and invigilates these examinations
  • maintains records of students’ progress and development
  • supervises any practical work and maintains classroom discipline
  • undertakes pastoral duties
  • supervises teaching assistants and trainees
  • discusses progress with student, parents and/or other education professionals
  • assists with or plans and develops curriculum and rota of teaching duties.


The current minimum salary range for a secondary education teaching professional applying for a Tier 2 UK visa would be:  


  • Unqualified teachers undertaking Overseas Trained Teachers Programme and equivalent: £20,500, or £20,000 for applicants who entered Tier 2 under the Rules in place before 6 April 2011 and are not subject to the experienced worker rate
  • Qualified teachers and equivalent: £21,438
  • Post-threshold teachers and equivalent: £34,523
  • Leadership group, assistant head teacher, principal teacher and equivalent: £37,284


Source: Teachers' national pay scales.           


Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – UK Visa Applications & Appeals – Secondary Education Teaching Professional


Applying for a Tier 2 visa for a secondary education teaching professional requires expert legal advice on the preparation of the visa application to ensure no delays occur.


Companies should be aware that any delays in the Tier 2 visa application process might potentially jeopardise the timely take up of a secondary education teaching appointment.


Duncan Lewis immigration experts are one of the UK’s leading specialist immigration and business immigration solicitors, with a highly successful track record in advising companies on business immigration and the UK visa application process.


Duncan Lewis immigration lawyers have offices nationwide and in most major cities – and our national and London immigration lawyers regularly advise companies wishing to recruit high-calibre secondary education teaching professionals from non-EEA countries on:


  • Tier 2 Licence
  • Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsor (CoS)
  • Tier 2 Visa Applications
  • Tier 2 Intra Company Transfers
  • Standard UK Visa for Business Visits.


Duncan Lewis business immigration experts are also able to advise on visa appeals for secondary education teaching professionals wishing to take up appointments in the UK.


As immigration specialists, Duncan Lewis is ranked by Legal 500 2015 for its business immigration services.


For further information on UK visa applications for Secondary Education Teaching Professionals, call Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409 for a FREE initial consultation.


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