Spain's Visiting Teachers programme (SVTP)

Opportunity for schools to recruit qualified modern foreign language (MFL) teachers from Spain.


SVTP enables schools in England to recruit qualified MFL teachers from Spain for 1 year or longer. All candidates have undergone a rigorous assessment and interview process carried out by senior leaders of English schools.

As part of their acclimatisation to teaching in England, appointed Spanish teachers will have access to bespoke continuing professional development (CPD) on topics such as behavioural management, safeguarding and GCSE examinations. This will be provided for Spanish teachers recruited through SVTP at no cost to schools.

What’s involved

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 for teaching modern foreign languages in England through interviews, and skills and knowledge written assessments. These will be organised by the Department for Education (DfE) 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 DfE representative throughout this process.

Teacher contracts

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 be initially for 1 year with an option to review annually for up to 3 years.

Acclimatisation support package

Teachers will be supported with their transition to life in England and English classrooms. This will include pre-arrival support, an acclimatisation event (residential and/or a series of events), and post-arrival support which includes bespoke training. There will be no cost to the teacher or the recruiting schools for this.

Programme evaluation

Schools involved may be asked to participate in our evaluation. This will inform any future involvement with SVTP.


Schools appointing a teacher will need to fund:

  • the teacher’s salary, in line with school teachers’ pay and conditions
  • ongoing professional development and mentor support in addition to the acclimatisation support package offered to teachers

The DfE 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 living in England.

Applicant criteria

Spanish teachers are shortlisted against the following criteria:


They must have a Bachelor’s degree in English, Spanish, French or German studies with a Teaching 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.

Other requirements

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 in England (QTS)



Published 11 January 2017
Last updated 22 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated content and changed registration and email links to reflect the appointment of Randstad.
  2. Opportunity to register your interest in recruiting a Spanish teacher from Spain's Visiting Teachers programme
  3. First published.