International STEM Recruitment 

Following a successful pilot last year in the South-East region, a new DfE-funded programme is now being rolled out across the North to support schools to fill teacher vacancies by bringing across experienced Maths and Physics teachers from the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to work in the UK.

This programme is a collaboration between the DfE and the Teaching Schools Council (TSC) working with the Great North Maths Hub and Prospero Teaching to recruit, support and place international Maths and Physics Teachers in the North of England in 2018/19.

Schools and academies in the North of England can benefit from this unique, exciting, government-funded, school-led network initiative. The DfE are funding the services; recruitment, teacher CPD and acclimatisation for which there is no charge to participating schools.

Schools will be required to pay the teachers salary as a member of staff.

In-school mentoring should be offered by the school.

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Great North Maths Hub and Prospero have been elected by DfE to recruit a pool of experienced, well-qualified maths and physics teachers from America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

If you have identified difficulties in recruiting maths or physics teachers for September 2018 or January 2019, or if you want to broaden your pool of applicants for your vacancies at no extra cost, register your interest by emailing

Prospero will screen applicants to identify high quality teachers, we will then follow up with another interview. This will very much mirror the interview style and questions we would ask a local or internal candidate, so we can be sure we are offering you a strong  prospective employee.

GNMH will then match an international applicant to your vacancy. You will decide whether to interview the applicant as part of your normal interview process (usually via Skype).

What do you need to do?

  1. Pay the cost of VISA (usually up to £600).
  2. Provide a mentor for the international applicant
  3. Commit to providing appropriate CPD for the international applicant during their employment.

Click here to download the video of the slides and audio of the STEM webinar

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Service Level Agreement for Schools

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The acclimatisation conference

  • The acclimatisation conference will be held at the National STEM Centre in the beautiful, historic city of York.
  • Accommodation will be available from Saturday 18th August. The acclimatisation conference will begin with dinner on the evening of Sunday 19th August.
  • Between Monday 20th August and Thursday 23rd August, a range of workshops will cover the National Curriculum and exam specifications for each subject and accompanying pedagogy.
  • On Wednesday evening the international teachers based at schools in the North East will travel to Newcastle. Once in Newcastle we will host dinner for the teachers and their families.
  • For the international teachers who will be based in the North East, the final day of the acclimatisation event will be held in Newcastle.
  • During the final day of the acclimatisation event we will provide families with an itinerary of things to see and do in Newcastle and across the region.
  • Additional sessions will support teachers with safeguarding, behaviour management and the wider role of being a teacher in England.
  • In most schools, the term starts on Monday 3rd September.

What might you expect at interview?

  • The interview process is your opportunity to shine!
  • There are differences between the expectations of teachers in different countries, but most will be centred around the 2012 Teachers’ Standards (see below).
  • There may be scenario-type questions “What would you do if…”
  • Additionally, most teachers are expected to teach during the selection process and you may be asked to provide a video of one of your lessons.
  • There may be aspects of the role which will be new to you (being a form tutor, for example) which you can be assured employing schools will cover during the acclimatisation conference.
  • And don’t forget to mention if you are a baseball coach, student counsellor or a musician and how you can contribute to the wider ethos of the school.

If you want to talk further about the nature of school interviews, please contact to schedule a phone call.

Teachers’ Standards; GCSE Physics; GCSE Mathematics



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