The UK Department of Education has announced an opportunity for non-UK trainees and teachers of languages and physics to access the International Relocation Payments (IRP). This scheme aims to attract qualified professionals from around the world who are willing to relocate to the UK to train and teach in English schools.

UK Government Sponsorship for Foreign Teachers Recruitment

The IRP is funded by the UK government and supports non-UK trainees and teachers with a payment of £10,000 and a bursary or scholarship made available to eligible applicants to assist their relocation process.


The UK Department of Education is offering financial support through the International Relocation Payments (IRP) to teachers and trainees who are interested in traveling to train and work in English schools. This initiative aims to attract qualified professionals from around the world to contribute to the education system in the UK. Here are the key details of the program:

Program Details

  • Objective: Address the shortage of qualified teachers and trainees in English schools by providing financial incentives for international professionals to relocate and work in the UK.
  • Eligible Participants: Teachers and trainees from all over the world who are qualified to teach or train in English schools.
  • Financial Support:
    • Single Payment: Qualified trainees and teachers will receive a single payment of £10,000 to assist with relocation expenses.
    • Bursary or Scholarship: Eligible applicants will also receive a bursary or scholarship in addition to the IRP.
  • Payment Timing: Payments will be made around the end of the teacher’s or trainee’s first term in the UK.
  • Pilot Program: The IRP is an initiative of the UK government running as a pilot in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

What the IRP Payment Cover

The payment is designed to cover:


Eligibility Criteria

  • Teaching subject for teachers: The program is open to those who are wiling to work for an English state secondary school on a contract beginning in the 2023 to 2024 academic year and must be either;
    • a physics teacher
    • a general or combined science teacher (must teach the physics element of these subjects)
    • a language teacher (any language is eligible except English)
  • Type of visa for teachers: To come to England applicants must be eligible to apply for any of the following visas.
    • Skilled worker visa
    • Youth Mobility Scheme
    • India Young Professionals Scheme visa
    • Family visa
    • UK Ancestry visa
    • British National (Overseas) visa
    • High Potential Individual visa
    • Afghan citizens resettlement scheme
    • Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy
    • Ukraine Family Scheme visa
    • Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme
  • Date of arrival for teachers: Applicants must be ready/available to move to England no more than 3 months before the start of your job.

How to Apply

If you’re interested in applying for the International Relocation Payments (IRP) program, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to get started:

  • Visit the Get into Teaching Website: Head to the Get into Teaching website to explore available teaching positions in English schools.
  • Submit Your Application: Follow the instructions provided on the website to submit your application for a teaching job. Make sure to complete all required fields and provide relevant documents.

Application Deadline: 31 October 2023

Visit the Official Website for Further Details



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