How to gain QTS in your international school

How to gain QTS in your international school

Will Lyons, was recently awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at Doha College, through the Straight to Teaching programme and shares his experience of gaining professional teaching experience whilst abroad.   

Why did you choose Straight to Teaching to gain QTS?

The Straight to Teaching programme provided me with an opportunity to use my experience and add to it. Tes Institute’s course is a high quality programme and from the information available from both Tes and other sources it provides a realistic assessment of a teacher’s ability, tailoring the programme and course duration to best fit the individual applicant.

Do you feel that your teaching has improved since joining Straight to Teaching?

Yes, my teaching has definitely improved! It has made me appreciate the things I do really well (or outstanding) and has highlighted areas for development, which I can focus on in my personal CPD - all for the benefit of those I teach. It has given me great confidence in my own ability and a map for moving forward to strengthen my teaching. The programme has also provided me with a deeper insight into how exactly I teach and it’s wonderful to be able to implement new ideas and suggestions from my mentor/Pathway Tutor and watch how even the smallest of tweaks can improve teaching and learning in the classroom. I’ve also learnt to take risks with new ideas, in turn becoming a more reflective practitioner and taking on more responsibility within my year group and throughout the school. 

How did Tes support you during the programme?

I was supported throughout the programme by a fabulous Pathway Tutor who provided accurate and succinct advice, which I always acted upon. Quick responses and useful guidance were the keystones of my tutor's input. As well as having an excellent Tutor, my in-school mentor was also very influential - encouraging and guiding me in order to improve my teaching. Both were able to draw on their own experiences of teaching to help me by suggesting resources, websites and useful pedagogical approaches and their constructive criticism ultimately improved my practice.

How will Straight to Teaching help your career going forward?

Straight to teaching will help my career greatly, with my increased confidence and belief in my own ability. On top of that I am much more reflective - always looking for new ideas and approaches and sharing them with colleagues. On returning back to the UK, having gained QTS will also make me a much more attractive prospect for employers.

How important do you think it is for teachers in international schools to hold a teaching qualification?

It’s very important for teachers in international schools to hold a teaching qualification, essential in fact if you want to hold the respect of the parents, children and your peers. It also gives you confidence going about your daily duties and demonstrates a commitment and willingness to be proactive in your own professional development.


If you have a degree and are currently teaching a UK curriculum in an international school, click to see if you may be eligible to gain QTS through our Straight to Teaching or Assessment Only Programme.