STEM international teacher recruitment programme

Get help recruiting maths and physics teachers trained in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and USA.


All secondary state-funded schools in England can access the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) international teacher recruitment programme to recruit mathematics or physics teachers. The Department for Education (DfE) will fund the:

  • recruitment costs
  • acclimatisation package

The recruiting school are responsible for paying the teacher’s salary.

All teachers recruited through our programme will have:

  • qualified teacher status (QTS)
  • been rigorously screened to ensure they meet safeguarding requirements

The school-led networks, all of which are teaching schools, work with a DfE appointed recruitment provider to source suitable candidates. The networks are working with mathematics and physics subject specific associations to design and provide a full acclimatisation and continuing professional development (CPD) package for placed teachers.

Find your local school-led network

Network name Area supported
Heart of England Scholars working with Randstad Public Services East Midlands and Humber
New World Scholars working with Randstad Public Services Lancashire and West Yorkshire
NELTA working with Point to Point Education North East London and East of England
Teach STEM International working with Prospero Teaching North of England
Quantum Scholars (Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance and Cygnus Teaching School Alliance) working with Quantum Scholars Ltd South London, North West London, South Central England and South East England
SW STEM Scholars working with Prospero Teaching South West
West Midlands South working with Point to Point Education Central and South Birmingham, Coventry, Herefordshire, Solihull, Warwickshire and Worcestershire
West Midlands North working with Point to Point Education North Birmingham, Cheshire, Dudley, Sandwell, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Walsall and Wolverhampton


Schools appointing a teacher will need to fund:

  • the teacher’s salary, in line with school teachers’ pay and conditions
  • supply cover costs if required, to support mentor and CPD days (minimum expectation one day per term)
  • any associated visa or sponsorship costs
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks

DfE will fund:

  • teacher recruitment costs (a small contribution may be required by schools)
  • an acclimatisation support package, including a week’s residential event
  • the services of a recruitment provider who will support with matching teachers to school requirements, arranging interviews, supporting visa processes and pre-arrival assistance

Service level agreement

Each recruiting school must sign a service level agreement (SLA), which outlines the:

  • services to be provided to each school by the recruitment provider and school-led network
  • services provided by the recruitment provider and school-led network to each school

Programme evaluation

Schools involved may be asked to participate in our evaluation to support ongoing development of the programme.


International teacher recruitment team

Published 8 June 2018
Last updated 19 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Removed 'a minimum of 2 years teaching experience' as this requirement is not needed.
  2. First published.