SCHOOLS could find it easier to hire overseas teachers under plans to reduce red tape in recruitment.
The Department for Education and Employment is considering relaxing rules on training for some overseas teachers. Currently these state they all must train for a minimun of three months before they get qualified teacher status.
And the two-year ceiling on working in UK schools without QTS is likely to be increased to four years; a four-mnth limit on working in any one school without qualified status will also be eased.
Other proposals may see the Office for Standards in Education introduce lighter-touch inspections for teacher-training providers.
And the Teacher Training Agency could hand over control of the selection of some applicants for the graduate training progamme - which offers on-the-job training for mature entrants - to schools.