Employment of Overseas trained teachers and the hypocrisy of the four-year rule.

Currently in this country there is a four year rule with regard to Overseas Trained Teachers (OTT) which states that OTTs can work as teachers in maintained and non maintained special schools in England for a period of up to four years, but must, during that period attend an Overseas Trained Teacher Programme or a Graduate Teacher Programme to achieve Qualified Teacher Status and be able to continue to teach in this country.

I believe that this four year rule needs to be revised, because not only does it waste time, but is an additional financial burden to many schools and education authorities which fund the QTS training for OTTs, a cost that many can't afford in the current economic situation. Surely Headteachers and Heads of Departments are more than able to assess whether a teacher meets the standards required to teach in England.  Even the submission of a portfolio and an independent inspection would save time and money and allow all teachers, even overseas trained ones, to get on with their jobs.

Why is this idea important?

Currently in this country there is a four year rule with regard to Overseas Trained Teachers (OTT) which states that OTTs can work as teachers in maintained and non maintained special schools in England for a period of up to four years, but must, during that period attend an Overseas Trained Teacher Programme or a Graduate Teacher Programme to achieve Qualified Teacher Status and be able to continue to teach in this country.

I believe that this four year rule needs to be revised, because not only does it waste time, but is an additional financial burden to many schools and education authorities which fund the QTS training for OTTs, a cost that many can't afford in the current economic situation. Surely Headteachers and Heads of Departments are more than able to assess whether a teacher meets the standards required to teach in England.  Even the submission of a portfolio and an independent inspection would save time and money and allow all teachers, even overseas trained ones, to get on with their jobs.