International Teaching Certificate

Straight to Teaching

An alternative, cost-effective way of qualifying and retaining staff

How Straight to Teaching can help your school:

  • Grow your own qualified teachers
  • Tailored to your staff’s needs
  • Retain staff who might otherwise leave the school to train elsewhere
  • Free up experienced staff to take on extra responsibilities such as SLT

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Get tailored advice from the Tes Institute team today.

Call +44(0)203 194 3200 or register an interest in this programme.

Grow your own teachers

Finding candidates that support your school's mission, vision and values can be challenging, especially with the current teacher recruitment crisis. However, you may already have outstanding staff, such as TAs working within the school, and we can help you to develop those talented individuals into qualified teachers with Straight to Teaching.

The Straight to Teaching programme supports your trusted TAs and unqualified teachers development through a bespoke preparation plan based on their existing teaching experience. Once they have gained enough experience and can demonstrate that they meet the Teachers' Standards and Assessment Only Criteria, they'll be recommended for QTS assessment. Allowing you to help them to take their next step and  getting much needed qualified teachers for your school.

  • We’ll created a tailored Straight to Teaching programme that can range from one to five terms based you your staffs’ previous teaching experience. They’ll have the opportunity to develop their skills and climb the teaching career ladder, while they continue to work at your school, building up their teaching time to 80% of a full teacher’s timetable.

  • Your staff will need to hold a degree or be in the final six months of completing one. They will also need grade C/4 or above at GCSE level in English and mathematics (plus grade C/4 at GCSE level science if teaching ages 3-11), although equivalency tests can be sat during the course. They will need access to a teaching timetable of at least 50% of a typical teacher at your school and have the support of a school-based mentor.

  • Staff will need to have at least one term’s independent teaching experience (namely planning, delivering, assessing, and reporting on pupils’ progress) before they can join the programme. By the end of the programme they would have gained the equivalent of two years’ experience and can then be recommended for QTS assessment.

  • Straight to Teaching is available in all school settings including primary, secondary, mainstream, SEND, alternative provision, independent and boarding schools.

Straight to Teaching has had an outstanding impact on our school. We have the securest and strongest staffing structure that we have ever had.

Alison Lawson
Barnton Community Nursery & Primary School
Source: Case study

Retain talented teachers

Throughout the programme, your staff will receive in school and online support from experienced pathway tutors with termly lesson observations and regular online support. They'll also need the support of a mentor from your school, who will work with the tutor to support your staff.

With course fees starting at £4,500 (plus VAT) including the cost of assessment, these are often lower than the cost of traditional teacher training. Straight to Teaching is designed to work alongside any existing initial teacher training and development that you currently offer.

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Tes Institute is an accredited Initial Teacher Training provider and has qualified more than 2,000 teachers in over 800 schools.

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