UK is Hiring African Teachers (Deadline: 31 october, 2023)
The international relocation payment (IRP) is a single payment of £10,000 which is available to eligible non-UK trainees and teachers of languages and physics.
The payment is designed to cover:
- the costs of visas
- the immigration health surcharge
- other relocation expenses
The IRP offers financial support to teachers and trainees from all over the world who wish to come to train and work in English schools. It will be paid around the end of the teacher’s or trainee’s first term. It will not need to be repaid.
If eligible, trainee teachers can receive both the IRP and a bursary or scholarship.
We are running the IRP as a pilot in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.
To be eligible, teachers or trainees must:
- be coming to England to work or train in the 2023 to 2024 academic year
- not be already living in the UK
The Get into Teaching website has full details of the eligibility requirements for teachers and trainees.
How the scheme works
The scheme works differently for fee-paying trainees, salaried trainees and teachers.
Trainees on fee-paying courses
Trainees on fee-paying courses do not need to apply for the IRP. Training providers will pay the IRP directly to these trainees along with any bursaries they are entitled to.
Fee-paying trainees should receive the IRP around the end of their first term.
Full details of how providers will receive this funding can be found in the ‘Initial teacher training (ITT) bursary: funding manual’.
Teachers and salaried trainees
Teachers and salaried trainees who have started their teaching job or salaried teacher training course should apply for the IRP from the Get into Teaching website.
Applications are open from 4 September to 31 October 2023.
Eligible applicants should receive the money by 31 January 2024.
Teachers and trainees who miss this deadline must apply at the next opportunity after the start of their job or course to remain eligible for the IRP.
Applications will re-open in January 2024.
Teachers and trainees are encouraged to express an interest in the IRP by emailing IRP.ExpressInterest@education.gov.uk if they:
- start their job or course after the 31 October 2023
- miss the October 2023 deadline for applications
DfE will then email them when applications open in 2024.
Employment and immigration checks
Before any payments are released DfE will:
- work with the Home Office to check all visa and immigration requirements
contact the employing school of teachers or salaried trainees who have applied to check their:
- employment status
- teaching subject