Helen Horner's story

We spoke to Helen Horner about how she went from HLTA to primary school teacher

Helen Horner in a classroom

After working as an HLTA and covering lessons I decided that I wanted to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to become a teacher. It was important to find a course that allowed me to learn and continue earning at the same time and whilst I considered distance learning, Straight to Teaching was the best fit for me.

The online elements were great and available at all hours of the day. Sticking to a timetable kept me organised and balancing two different roles would have been difficult if it wasn’t for the support that I received. My Pathway Tutor was invaluable, she encouraged me whenever I found anything difficult and was available by email and text if required. Knowing that she would be observing and assessing my progress also spurred me on.

I am delighted with the progress that I made and feel that my teaching and subject knowledge has greatly improved since starting the course. For the pupils, it was equally beneficial as they already knew me so did not have to get used to a new member of staff and it minimalised disruption to their learning.

I would definitely recommend Straight to Teaching as it offers an alternative way to become a teacher. Since gaining QTS one of my colleagues has joined the programme and others are looking into the route.

Straight to Teaching

Our Straight to Teaching programme will prepare you for qualified teacher status (QTS) assessment via our Assessment Only route while you continue to work at your current school. It’s a high quality, low-cost route to becoming a qualified teacher that’s personalised to you and your school.