International Straight to Teaching 

International Straight to Teaching is a tailor-made professional development programme enabling valued school staff across the world, who are following the English National Curriculum*, to meet the English Teachers’ Standards and to be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS**)

Why choose Straight to Teaching?

The programme helps International school staff, such as unqualified teachers and Teaching Assistants become qualified teachers, providing you with an alternative route to traditional teacher training courses, by achieving QTS while in your current role. 

Our Straight to Teaching programme will help you:

  • Become a fully qualified teacher, with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) 
  • Increase your earning potential and play a greater role in school management
  • Be promoted
  • Qualify to teach in England


What do you need to have to start the programme?

To be eligible for Straight to Teaching, you must have or be working towards having the following qualifications:

  • A degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification (if you are in the process of gaining this you must be in your final 6-12 months).
  • GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics of a minimum grade C/4 under the new grading system. If you intend to teach pupils age 3-11 you will also need a Science GCSE graded at least C/4. If you do not have these then Tes Institute can provide an appropriate equivalency test.

Criteria for QTS assessment

Before you can be assessed for QTS at the end of their programme you will need to have:

  • Passed the Professional Skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy. These can be taken at test centres in various locations in England (as well as Paris, Madrid and Frankfurt) so travel may be necessary.
  • Undertaken at least 20 days teaching experience in a different school following the English National curriculum (or a school whose curriculum can be matched to it) in the same age ranges as your main teaching experience at your school. If this hasn’t been completed already, it is up to the school and learner to arrange this experience, either with another appropriate international school or one in England.
  • Been subject to and passed the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and criminal records check.
  • Undertaken significant teaching experience teaching (this can include prior experience as well as experience completed during the Straight to Teaching programme) and are able to demonstrate that you meet the English Teachers’ Standards across the two consecutive age ranges that you have applied for assessment in.
  • Demonstrated that your teaching is consistently good or better and can provide evidence to meet the Teachers’ Standards to a good or better standard.

Course delivery

The programme is delivered through a blend of online and in-school experience, support and assessment, and Tes Institute will provide you with expert adviceand guidance every step of the way.

Each learner on the course is allocated their own Pathway Tutor, who will be the key point of contact and will support you predominantly online but will also visit your school, where they will undertake lesson observations and meet with you to discuss your progress. Please note that any costs involved in Pathway Tutor visits will vary depending on your school’s location and are not included in the course fee.

Straight to Teaching programmes vary in length from one to five terms, depending on the individual’s existing experience. The team at Tes Institute will give you an estimate of how long your programme will take before you begin, based on the information that you provide in your application form.

Assessment Only (AO) route

If you already have significant teaching experience and meet the criteria for QTS assessment, you could become a qualified teacher through our Assessment Only route. This option is considerably shorter than Straight to Teaching as it assumes you have already gathered significant experience and evidence to show that you meet the QTS Teachers’ Standards.

Your evidence will show that you are able to actively plan and deliver effective teaching, over at least a two year period, to your subject or age range/phase and demonstrate that you have had full responsibility for the classroom.

How does the Assessment Only route work?

The process will involve an assessor visiting your school to perform lesson observations and review the staff member’s portfolio of evidence. The assessor will be able to offer some guidance on strengthening evidence following the Enrolment. The actual QTS assessment period usually lasts for 12 weeks.

Candidates for Assessment Only will need to meet the entry criteria and are expected to have significant teaching experience in at least two suitable schools, the appropriate qualifications and have passed the Professional Skills tests before they can be assessed.

Our Assessment Only option costs £3,000 (plus VAT, where applicable).


*Or blended English National Curriculum with International Baccalaureate (IB) programme that can be matched to the English Teachers’ Standards, as defined by the Department for Education in the UK
**The title of this award is subject to change due to an ongoing government consultation at the time of going to press. If you are planning to teach outside England please discuss the programme, QTS, and the required teaching qualification for your particular region, with your employing school or the relevant regulatory body before applying.

Find out more about International Straight to Teaching

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