Assessment Only and Straight to Teaching at Doha College
Doha College is one of the leading British curriculum schools in Qatar. It opened in 1980 to meet the demand for a British‐style education, and today it educates over 2,000 students, aged 3-18, with 68 different nationalities, making it a truly international community operating on a not-for-profit basis.
A challenge Doha College faced was recruiting subject specialist teachers internationally. They were able to find educators with the knowledge, ability and experience, but they didn’t have a globally recognised teaching qualification such as qualified teacher status (QTS) which, as a British International School, Doha insists upon. This recruitment barrier was bridged by hiring teachers without QTS with the agreement they’d gain it within two years.
Working with Tes Institute
In 2015 Doha College asked us to help them find the route to QTS that would be the best fit for their staff and school.
We asked a number of questions including, levels of teaching experience, staffs’ current qualifications and how much teaching time staff currently had. After this consultancy phase we were able to suggest either our Straight to Teaching programme or our Assessment Only route for their staff. Both these programmes provide in-school routes to gaining QTS.
Doha College have now qualified seven teachers with Assessment Only and a further three through Straight to Teaching and both programmes have become fundamental tools for upskilling and recruiting their staff.
Gaining a qualified music teacher
One of Doha’s recently qualified teachers is their music teacher Ryan Sullivan. Ryan was able to enrol onto the Assessment Only route as he had previous teaching experience that could be evidenced against the Teachers’ Standards, and he gained his QTS after just one term. During that term, he had a visit from one of our in-country pathway tutors and at the end of the term, an assessor came out to see him and to speak to the college about his performance. Ryan is now a fully qualified member of the Doha College team and has filled the gap in their music department.
The different routes into teaching give individuals the flexibility to find a route which suits our school and their needs. I would highly recommend Tes as they guided us through the whole process, taking the stress out of the situation." - Ruth Sanderson, senior vice principal and head of secondary, Doha College.