"It's probably ALOT different to Australia"-not really its just the national curriculum is ABIT different but the system IS VERY similar-no accuse there...... U are right echidna but maybe were running out of steam having just completed a Masters of Education (distance learning from Australia) and at the moment counts for nothing-as for being on the high pay scale we are on less than £20,000-in fact we are earning less than when we started 3 years ago! One of us is at home teaching the children-we pulled them out as the the school put the children forward 2 years from australia and they NEVER recovered so its been EXTREMLY difficult-we would like to try the USA in community Colleges as they recognize the Masters and THERES NO QTS. but on to what I propose: Britain, due to the fact there is a teacher shortage should set up an International Global Platform for Teaching. This would include assessing overseas teachers not by QTS but by: 1. Equivalency of degrees -whereby an organization would assess the degrees from overseas to see they are compatible with British qualifications. 2. The Standards of Professional Practice-which would include a folio presentation in 1 year BUT ONLY relevant to the subject area being taught. I.e. there are very great differences in Primary let say compared to Secondary, special needs, peripatetic, supply, and teaching assistants. 3. I year probation-this would include support with a mentor in all problem areas not only with teaching but settling in the country itself which is quite daunting-this could include help with accommodation, family matters, day to day difficulties etc. Classroom management skills in the UK- 4. Observation- someone to come (Department Head) to observe actually how u teach-this would be assessed on ability to teach/skills, subject knowledge NOT an irrelevant test thats has no bearing what so ever on your professional practice. If u pass in all 4 core developmental areas then Overseas teachers would then go on the main teaching spine pay scale and paid according to the number of years in actual teaching practice (on the appropriate pay level with bonus spine points for outstanding teaching recommendations, extra post graduate degrees, awards, and service which is generally beyond what is normally required. If this was the case then overseas teachers could plan to stay for 2-4 years be paid fairly for their expertise and save enough money for a return-or maybe have the option to apply for permanent residency as u wouldn't want to loose the teacher after all the training and the school needed the teacher. Why should schools and children be subjected to this rotation of ever changing overseas teachers-then guess what no more teacher shortage!!!!!! I say again the present system is flawed and I even go to say California and WA in australia too (but there is no shortage there so thats the difference)- and one more thing why is it that the Private/independent school system DOES NOT REQUIRE QTS? Does that mean private school teachers are "unqualified"