Give your talented TAs the opportunity to take their career to the next level while they continue to work at your school.

Suitable for your TAs, HLTAs and unqualified teachers, Straight to Teaching is a personalised professional development programme that prepares your staff for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) assessment so they can become the next heroes of the classroom to join the 2,000 teachers who have qualified to teach with Tes Institute.

We'll create a bespoke programme based on your staff's existing experience, lasting from 1-5 terms. A pathway tutor will work with them to build up a portfolio of evidence using our award-winning learning platform, online learning library, live forums and school visits. Once their portfolio meets the English Teachers’ Standards they'll be put forward for QTS assessment.


Teaching assistants: an untapped resource?

A recent survey conducted by Tes Institute showed that one in five Teaching Assistants already have a degree and are interested in gaining QTS. Scaled up, this could total around 75,000 potential trainee teachers. That’s an average of four potential new teachers per school.

Unqualified teachers already in your school may have experience and qualifications – all they need is the right development. That’s where Straight to Teaching comes in. It’s a personalised, high quality, low cost alternative to initial teacher training that will prepare your TAs to be assessed for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) via our Assessment Only (AO) route.

The programme provides an alternative route to initial teacher training courses and is available across primary and secondary mainstream, independent, SEND and international schools teaching the English national curriculum.

Best of all, your TAs can qualify without leaving your school.


What criteria do your staff members need to meet?

Your staff must have some teaching experience already and hold the following qualifications in order to join the programme:

  • At least a grade C or level 4 at GCSE level in English and Mathematics (and Science for those intending to teach pupils aged 3-11) or equivalent
  • A degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification from outside the UK, or be in the final year of completing one


How can Straight to Teaching help your school?

Our QTS preparation programme will help your school by helping you to:

  • Grow and retain your own high-quality teachers at a low cost.
  • Address and take control of your teacher shortages.
  • Provide staff with more professional development opportunities.
  • Develop existing staff whilst they continue to work in school.
  • Upskill existing staff and promote from within.

Register your interest in Straight to Teaching today

Help your TA's become superhero teachers

Register your interest and one of our specialist enrolment advisors will be in touch to discuss how Straight to Teaching can help you and your school.