Gaining QTS during school closures

See how these learners are able to carry on with their journey towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

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Teachers opening doors, Stephen Petty

In these unsettling times, we're here, as always, to support school staff with their training and development.

We are well placed to continue delivering training throughout school closures as our learning is predominantly delivered online, alongside a network of pathway tutors who are well-versed in providing remote support and guidance. For the parts of our programmes that would usually occur face-to-face, we have managed to adapt and put measures in place to allow all of our learners to continue with their course in a way that’s safe for them and their pupils.

These unprecedented times don’t mean you have to pause your career and teaching aspirations and we wanted to share some of the ways that our learners have adapted their programmes and continue working towards their teaching goals. 

Lucy, an EYFS teacher in her final term of Straight to Teaching

Lucy's school worked closely with parents to continue delivering learning that was linked to the planning that the teaching staff had done collaboratively. Despite schools closing, Lucy was able to continue teaching and collect the final pieces of evidence that she needed to complete her portfolio.

Commenting on the whole programme, Lucy said:

Tes Institute have provided a great way to work towards obtaining QTS. This route fitted my personal life by still being able to work and complete the programme without having to attend a college or university and using the experience gained from already working within a school, my knowledge and confidence has grown hugely.

I would certainly recommend this way of training to become a qualified teacher.

Continue reading how she did it in this blog post.


Anna, an RE specialist teacher in her second term of Straight to Teaching

Anna and her school embraced online tools to continue delivering learning to their pupils and interact with parents and carers. She was also able to carry out virtual lesson observations, meet with her tutor and find time for some online CPD sessions. All of which contributes toward her development on Straight to Teaching and brings her closer to gaining QTS.

Reflecting on the programme in recent weeks, Anna commented:

Throughout this process there has been lots of communication and support, I have been provided with lots of resources and ideas to keep me learning and develop my teaching. I have been put at ease that I am continuing to make progress and work towards meeting the Teacher Standards’.

Continue reading how she did it in this post.


Sarah, a primary teacher in the final stages of QTS Assessment

Sarah began her Assessment Only route before lockdown, but is still able to have her final two observations online and if they are successful, be awarded QTS.

Commenting on how she has been able to continue despite lockdown, Sarah said:

I cannot thank Tes Institute enough for their communication during this scary time, and I am thankful that I can still continue working towards my qualification from my home.

Continue reading how she did it in this blog post.


Your teacher training and development journey

All of our applications remain open and thanks to the flexible nature of our programmes, we can continue to run all of our courses, so there is no need to delay enquiring or submitting an application with us.

Our knowledgeable enrolment advisors are available to give you advice and talk you through the best programme for you. Contact them on 0203 194 3200 or email

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