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Straight to Teaching

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by Tlc44, Aug 27, 2016.

  1. Tlc44

    Tlc44 New commenter

    I am after some advice from anyone who has done Staight to Teaching course or knows more about it. I have been a 1:1 LSA for a year which has also involved some group work for phonics, maths & English (primary ks1). I love the group work & am considering options into teaching...do I have enough experience to do it through the Straight to Teaching route? Could I easily do it through the school I currently work at? Thanks
  2. Findlotte

    Findlotte Established commenter

    There's loads of entry requirements here:


    As for experience, I don't think you'll have enough. The Assessment Only route requires you to have taught in at least 2 schools (and I'm assuming full years). To start a course like this, you need to be in a full teaching position when you start so you'd need to make an agreement with your school to see f they can cater for you.
    Most PGCE students will have a year's experience prior starting so it's not like you have extensive experience.
  3. Tlc44

    Tlc44 New commenter

    Thanks but I thought Assessment Only was a separate route and that Straight to Teaching is tailored and aimed at support staff as well. Maybe I'm reading it wrong?
  4. mandala1

    mandala1 Occasional commenter

    You need to speak to your school about opportunities for you to be employed in a teaching role rather than being an LSA - you cannot do the 'straight to teaching' route in an LSA role you need to be teaching. With regard to previous experience, plenty of LSA/TAs make the transition into teaching. For many it is the next step in their career path and they make the transition smoothly. For others, the requirement to be accountable for learning can be challenging.
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  5. Findlotte

    Findlotte Established commenter

    PGCEs are designed for anyone, including support staff.

    You'd be at an advantage to other applicants because of your year's experience but that's it. You'd have to do the full-haul year like everyone else.
    I was a cover teacher last year with teaching responsibility but I still have to do the same PGCE as everyone else. I'm a lot more prepared than everyone else too as will you be in certain areas.
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  6. mandala1

    mandala1 Occasional commenter

    "Straight to teaching" isn't a PGCE.
  7. TES_Adrian

    TES_Adrian New commenter Institute Enrolment Advisor

    Thank you all for your comments.

    With regards to the Straight to Teaching and Assessment Only programmes both have different eligibility criteria but each ultimately offers the opportunity for QTS assessment to school staff at different stages of their careers or development. A typical scenario for Straight to Teaching could be that a school has a member of staff who has shown the potential to be a qualified teacher but they are unsure of the procedures they need to follow and work they need to undertake to not only increase their teaching responsibilities in a manageable way but also to prepare them for QTS assessment and this would be where TES Institute steps in.

    For the Straight to Teaching programme one of the main requirements is that a school is prepared to give the participant a teaching timetable for which they will do their own lesson planning and independent teaching to full size classes across two consecutive age ranges.

    We ask that a participant on the programme builds up to teaching between 50-80% of full time weekly teaching timetable by the end of their preparation period prior to QTS assessment, meaning that it is possible for someone to start the course on a limited teaching timetable that will be steadily increased.

    In this situation a review of the school’s support for the candidate will, amongst other areas, look at how the school proposes to increase the teaching time of the staff member and that it is happening in a timeframe that is acceptable for the member of staff to create sufficient evidence against The Teachers Standards and reach the level of teaching ability to register for QTS assessment.

    Regular online and face to face check ins by an expert TES Institute pathway tutor will take place to ensure that this plan is being stuck to and allowances made if changes are needed. Regarding the role of the participant, TES Institute does not require that the name of their role be changed but that their school agrees to a change their working duties to reflect the responsibilities of the course i.e. Increased independent teaching.

    Candidates for the Assessment Only route need to be able to show significant teaching experience and evidence against the Teachers Standards’ but this is not to say that previous evidence of teaching will not count for the Straight to Teaching course as a development programme can be shorter based on teaching to date.


  8. pantanjali

    pantanjali New commenter

    My school didn't let me take the assessment only route through TES institute because TES failed to provide any references from the people who have taken this route and the school didn't feel confident in their ability to provide as much training online as is needed to become a good teacher. I met all the entry requirements, had been a ta in 2 schools etc. etc. yet couldn't take the route. My school and TES failed me.. gutted!
  9. TES_Adrian

    TES_Adrian New commenter Institute Enrolment Advisor

    Hello Pantanjali,

    TES Institute is unable to give out the contact details of schools from which members of staff are undertaking the Straight to Teaching programme without their prior permission to do so. If your school or you had wished to speak to previous or current participating schools then we could have asked on your behalf but this request would needed to have been made first. We have worked with over 450 schools since the programme commenced in 2013 to help their staff prepare for QTS assessment.

    While there are elements of online study, these are only supplementary to the face to face work that we require and teaching that you will need to undertake to prepare for QTS assessment. This time is crucial and to reflect this we allocate a specialist pathway tutor to regularly perform day long visits at your school to observe your teaching and review the evidence you are creating.

    If you have any further questions about the course please email me on institute@tesglobal.com.


  10. chelseaaa01

    chelseaaa01 New commenter

    I hope this is allowed- please delete if not!

    I have made a support group for all who are starting the TES straight to teaching programme in September

    The group will be to share ideas, thoughts, rants and general chat about the course! Feel free to join

  11. TES_Adrian

    TES_Adrian New commenter Institute Enrolment Advisor

    Hello Chelseaaa01,

    There is already a Straight to Teaching Facebook group for enrolled learners, which we would recommend using instead. It has a mixture of learners who have started their courses already rather than just on one cohort, who I’m sure will be able to share some tips and advice from their experience so far. It also has members of the Tes Programme Support team on hand to answer any questions or point you in the right direction.

    We are just finalising the cohort list for September, but once it is ready we will email you a link to join that group


  12. angeldevil

    angeldevil New commenter

    I'm a ta and have been for nearly 18yrs I am currently in my 2nd school. My head advised me to challenge myself and go to "straight to teacher" what are the qualifications needed to take up a teaching degree. Thanks. Michelle
  13. TES_Adrian

    TES_Adrian New commenter Institute Enrolment Advisor

    Hello Michelle,

    Would you be able to contact our offices tomorrow so that we can discuss the course with you? You can call us on +44 (0) 203 194 3200 or email institute@tesglobal.com with a contact number and a time that it suits you to be contacted by one of the team?


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