Opportunity for schools to recruit high-quality modern foreign language teachers from Spain.
Spain’s Visiting Teachers programme enables teachers from Spain to teach in other countries for a period of one year or longer. It has been running successfully since 1986 between Spain and the United States and Canada.
Recruiting modern foreign language teachers can be challenging, so the programme has been extended to England. It provides opportunities for schools in England to recruit high-quality modern foreign language teachers from Spain for one year initially. Internationally trained teachers can make a valuable contribution to education. Utilising the rich cultural diversity of Spanish teachers recruited through this programme may support your schools journey to enhancing spiritual, moral, social and cultural outcomes for students.
By enrolling on the programme, schools will be able to access qualified Spanish language teachers and consider them for appointment in their school. All candidates have undergone a rigorous assessment and interview process carried out by senior school leaders of English schools.
As part of their acclimatisation into teaching in England, appointed Spanish teachers will have access to bespoke continuing professional development (CPD) on topics such as behavioural management, safeguarding and Spanish GCSE examinations. This will be provided for Spanish teachers recruited through the programme at no cost to schools.
Initial interviews in Spain
Candidates will be shortlisted by Spain’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (MECD) against the applicant criteria.
Panels of senior school leaders will assess and determine candidates’ suitability to teaching modern foreign languages in England through interviews and skills and knowledge written assessments. These will be organised by the Department for Education and will take place in Madrid.
Following on from these interviews, recruiting schools will be able to access candidate information online, including previous experience and notes from the assessment and interview process.
Final school-led interviews
Recruiting schools have the opportunity to undertake a final interview with their preferred candidates (using Skype or similar). Schools will be responsible for arranging these interviews and will be supported by a Department for Education representative throughout this process.
Once schools have selected a teacher, they are responsible for the contract offer.
The contract is between the school and the teacher. The employing school will be responsible for paying the teacher’s salary.
Contracts will initially be for one year. There will be an option to review annually for up to 3 years.
Acclimatisation support package
A package of support will be available to teachers, designed to support them with the transition to life in England and English classrooms. The support will include pre-arrival support, a residential event and post-arrival support which includes bespoke training. There will be no cost to the teacher or the recruiting schools for this.
Schools involved may be required to participate in our evaluation. This will inform any future involvement with Spain’s Visiting Teachers programme.
Schools appointing a teacher will need to fund:
- the teacher’s salary, in line with the school teachers’ pay and conditions
- ongoing professional development and mentor support, outside of the acclimatisation support package offered to teachers
The Department for Education will fund:
- initial interviewing and assessing of teachers in Madrid
- reimbursing schools for obtaining Enhanced DBS checks for the teacher
- an acclimatisation support package
The Spanish teachers will be expected to cover the cost of their flights, accommodation and living expenses while residing in England.
Spanish teachers are shortlisted against the following criteria:
They must have a BA in English or Spanish studies with a Certificate of Aptitude or a Master’s degree in teaching or equivalent.
Candidates will have at least 2 years of teaching experience in the last 8 years, as a full time teacher in formal education, equivalent to secondary school. Candidates without teaching experience will have been postgraduate students in education.
Candidates must have:
- a B2 level English proficiency, in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for languages
- a Spanish criminal background check
- a medical form (English school standard upon offer of contract)
- qualified teacher status (QTS)