Shrewsbury International School Bangkok Riverside Campus – Straight to Teaching and Assessment Only
Shrewsbury International School Bangkok Riverside Campus is a leading British international school educating 1,736 pupils aged 3 to 18. Situated in a beautiful setting overlooking the Chao Phraya River, this day school's curriculum is based around the English national curriculum and has been adapted to meet the needs of Shrewsbury’s students and the international context.
In 2018 Shrewsbury started working with us to help their members of staff without formal teaching qualifications (including interns and some specialist support teachers) gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). They recognised the importance of developing staff internally and wanted to promote CPD to ensure that all their teachers achieved the same level of teaching competence. Those seeking QTS status were already very experienced members within their respective domains – most were full-time classroom practitioners with backgrounds such as teaching English as an additional language (EAL) and internships.
We provided Shrewsbury with two programme options; Assessment Only and Straight to Teaching. Both programmes lead to QTS assessment and the award of Qualified Teacher Status, but are suitable for different members of staff, depending on their existing teaching experience.
Assessment Only: This route was for Shrewsbury staff with over two years’ teaching experience who had worked in at least two schools and needed only minimal support with their QTS preparation.
Straight to Teaching: This programme was for staff who needed further experience, support and guidance in the classroom before applying for QTS assessment. Once they’d built up their teaching experience they were enrolled onto the Assessment Only route and, on successful completion, were awarded QTS.
Our partnership with Shrewsbury was established via Skype sessions and regular email communications with the programmes team and followed by a visit from Lesley Belcher (Programme Director) and Jo Coles (Deputy Programme Director) to further enhance relationships. Once senior leaders were comfortable with the programme structure and process the first cohort of trainee teachers were enrolled.
Our experienced pathway tutors supported the trainees throughout their programmes to ensure they met the Teachers’ Standards and collected sufficient teaching evidence. Further subject and age specific teaching experience was provided by in-school mentors.
Five members of Shrewsbury’s teaching staff have now enrolled on our QTS programmes. Three have successfully been awarded QTS and a further two will shortly take their QTS assessment.
"Working with the Tes Institute as an already established CPD provider and a well-known brand ensures we are promoting high standards and high challenge. Our school motto - If the heart is right, all will be well - sums up our approach to all members of the community; our teaching staff are hugely important at Shrewsbury and we want everyone to be able to demonstrate their brilliance in and out of the classroom." - Victoria Rotheram, Assistant Principal (Staff), Shrewsbury International School Bangkok Riverside
Beth Clarke (KS1 and 2) and Simon Murgatroyd (PE, ages 7-14), both completed our Straight to Teaching programme and are due to sit their QTS assessment.