Becoming a qualified teacher starts at your SEN school

Unlike traditional teacher training, the Straight to Teaching programme can help you gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) without leaving your current school. Designed for school staff such as Teaching Assistants, HLTAs, learning mentors and other unqualified teaching staff, the programme has already helped over a thousand people like you on their journey to becoming a teacher.

A course as unique as your pupils

Straight to Teaching is particularly useful for those working in an SEN or PRU setting as the majority of the programme can be completing at that school rather than in a mainstream school (providing that you complete a short, additional placement in a mainstream school of at least 30 days). It also takes into account your existing teaching experience, tailoring a programme to you that can range from 1-5 terms depending on the amount of evidenced teaching that you have already completed.

How does it work?

Delivered through a blended in-school and online experience, the programme supports and prepares you to meet the Teachers’ Standards and provides you with the opportunity to be independently assessed and awarded Qualifed Teacher Status (QTS).The course consists of a QTS preparation and assessment phase. During your preparation, you will gradually increase your teaching responsibilities to match 50%-80% of a normal teacher’s timetable, supported by a Tes Pathway Tutor and mentor from your school along the way. When ready, you will be assessed for QTS at your school.

What do you need to join the programme?

Before you can apply for your Straight to Teaching QTS programme you will need to:

  • Have some relevant teaching experience
  • Have the agreement of your current or intending school to support you throughout the programme 
  • Be employed in a teaching role or be given teaching responsibilities at the start of the programme
  • Achieved level 4/grade C or above at GCSE level in English and Mathematics (or equivalent) by the time you go for assessment (GCSE Science is also required for primary teaching)
  • Hold an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) by the time you are assessed for QTS (you can join the programme if you are in the last 6-12 months of completing a degree)

Find out more about the programme

If you would like to find out more about how Straight to Teaching works and how it could help you become a qualified teacher, register an interest in the programme using our online form. One of our enrolment advisors will then get in touch to discuss your experience and answer any questions that you might have.


* The title of this award is subject to change due to an ongoing government consultation at the time of going to press. For the latest information, please visit 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.


I want to teach

Submit your details and one of our enrolment advisors will get in touch to discuss your experience and the programme in more detail.