Straight to Teaching QTS programme

Become a superhero of the classroom like the 2,000 teachers who have already qualified with Tes Institue. If you are employed in a school in England (maintained, independent, PRU, SEN etc.) our Straight to Teaching programme can allow you to work towards gaining your superpowers of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) without leaving your existing school.  

This personalised QTS development programme will give you the confidence to teach your subject or phase to full-size classes by improving your knowledge and teaching techniques against the Teachers' Standards. Straight to Teaching is delivered through a mix of in-school experience and online learning and theory, reducing disruption to your life and your pupils.


Teaching assistant to qualified teacher: Straight to Teaching route

Straight to Teaching is a unique programme that offers great opportunities for your career development. This CPD course for teaching assistants is a route for quick transition into fully qualified teaching.

Unlike traditional QTS courses, Straight to Teaching is built around you, taking into account your existing teaching experience to provide you with a programme tailored to your needs. You will have your own experienced Tes Institute pathway tutor to help build your confidence and to ensure your progress towards QTS. Your tutor will personalise your Straight to Teaching programme around your existing experience, as well as visiting and supporting you in school and online. This tailored approach means your programme length will depend on the amount of relevant teaching experience you have – programme lengths range from one to five terms.


Increase your earning potential by becoming a qualified teacher

Becoming a qualified teacher will not only develop your career, it could also increase your earning potential. On successful completion of your Straight to Teaching programme you will be awarded with QTS, a nationally recognised teaching qualification that could increase your earning potential by as much as £7,000*.


Online and in-school teaching qualification support

You will receive online and in-school teaching qualification support throughout your programme. Your in-school experience will be strengthened by online content and access to an e-portfolio, putting you in control of your development and allowing you to shape your QTS programme around commitments at home and in school. Your pathway tutor will work with a dedicated mentor from your school to provide you with the resources you need to build your portfolio of evidence against the Teachers’ Standards.


What do you need before you start working toward QTS?

Before you can apply for your Straight to Teaching QTS programme you will need to:

  • Have some relevant teaching experience
  • Have the express agreement of your current or intending school to support you throughout the programme to achieve QTS
  • Be employed in a teaching role or be given teaching responsibilities at the start of the programme
  • Achieved grade C or above at GCSE level in English and Mathematics (or equivalent) by the time you go for assessment (GCSE Science is also required for primary teaching)
  • Hold an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) by the time you are assessed for QTS


QTS programme dates that suit you and your school

We offer regular start dates at the beginning of each school term and half-term. Click the "Register your interest" button for more information and to request an application form. 




*based on figures from the National College for Teaching and Leadership

Become a superhero teacher

Register your interest and one of our expert enrolment advisors will be in touch to talk through your options, answer your questions and discuss how the programme could be personalised for you and your school.

I loved that the course was not the ‘traditional’ route into teaching – but then again, neither was I! This suited my personality, professional experience and my career goals. The mentors are very supportive, and I am so glad I decided to do it. - Sophie Mitchell-Brady 

Straight to Teaching has helped me become a superhero teacher by showing me what I am capable of and how I have been able to help, support and progress 21 little people by sharing my knowledge and understanding of the education system. - Natalie Dunn