Straight to Teaching SEND

Ready to become a qualified SEND teacher?

Gain your qualified teacher status (QTS) without leaving your school and pupils.

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In-school teacher training that provides tailored support to meet your unique school challenges.


SEND teachers have enrolled with us

2 in 10

of our learners are within a SEND setting

40% *

of the schools we work with are specialist schools

* Specialist school include both independent and state funded schools - units attached to main stream schools, PRUs, Alternative provision and residential SEND settings.

Tes Institute internal statistics: September 2020.

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Gain your QTS without leaving your school

As a member of staff working within a special education setting, you know how important routine, structure and support is to your pupils. With Straight to Teaching your journey to QTS doesn't need to disrupt your class.

Unlike traditional teacher training, Straight to Teaching is a flexible, personalised in-school and online route to QTS. It allows you to continue working as a TA, unqualified teacher, or higher-level teaching assistant while you carry out your teacher training. 

Your programme is personalised to your needs and is based on your current teaching experience. You'll be assigned a Tes Institute pathway tutor who will support you throughout your journey to make sure you're building up a portfolio of evidence against the Teachers' Standards. Once you have enough evidence, you'll be put forward for our Assessment Only route and on successful completion, be awarded QTS. 

Content and support from SEND specialists

With six SEND learning sessions now available on our award-winning online platform, our Straight to Teaching SEND route provides learners with more specialist support than ever before. Our new session topics include: 

Primary and secondary: teaching SEND phonics and four main areas of SEND

Secondary: What does SEND mean for English, geography, mathematics and science teachers?

Our online sessions focus on individual learning needs and come with supporting case studies, scenarios and presentations to help you build an inclusive culture within your classroom. Learning needs include managing ADD/ADHD in the classroom and on field trips, understanding the traits of dyslexia and dyscalculia and supporting pupils with a visual impairment. 

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What you need to join our programme

To join our Straight to Teaching programme you'll need to hold a degree or be in the final six months of completing one. You'll need grade C/4 or above at GCSE level in English language and mathematics (plus grade C/4 at GCSE level science if teaching ages 3-11), although equivalency tests can be sat during the course. From the start of the programme, you'll need access to a teaching timetable of at least 50% of a typical teacher at your school and have the support of a school-based mentor.

By the end of your programme, you'll be teaching up to 80% of a full timetable.

During the programme, you may also need to complete a short, additional experience in a mainstream school of at least 30 days. This can be carried out consecutively or over a series of weeks, more information will be given on this once you have applied.*  

Apply today and begin your journey to QTS at your SEND school.

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Get in touch

Want to find out more about our Straight to Teaching programme? Fill in our short enquiry form and get tailored advice from the Tes Institute team today. Alternatively, call +44(0)203 194 3200 or email

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Straight to Teaching and Covid-19

During these unsettling times the safety of our candidates and tutors is paramount, however we're pleased to still be able to run our Straight to Teaching programme even if your school is closed. Distance and online teaching still counts towards the programme and tutor visits are currently conducted virtually.

* If you already have evidence of two years' teaching experience within two contrasting school settings you may not need to do this placement.