Tes Institute

Straight to Teaching is provided by Tes Institute, a leading teacher training and development provider. So far they have helped over 2,000 school staff on their journey towards QTS and offer a range of training and CPD courses for teachers and schools. Since 2019, HFL Education have partnered with Tes Institute to make this route available to suitable staff at a discounted rate within the Hertfordshire area. 

Straight to Teaching

If you’re a graduate and are working as a TA or unqualifed teacher, Straight to Teaching can help you to take the next step in your career and become a qualified teacher without leaving your current school.

Start dates

Straight to Teaching is a flexible programme with start dates throughout the year, so you can start training at a time that is right for you and your school.

Programme length

Your programme will vary in length from one to five terms depending on your existing teaching experience. If you have at least two years’ teaching experience you may be eligible to go straight to QTS assessment via our Assessment Only (AO) route, and gain QTS in as little as 12 weeks.

Course delivery

The programme is delivered through a blend of online and in-school experience, support and assessment, and we’ll provide you with expert advice, support and guidance every step of the way.

Tutor support

An experienced personal pathway tutor will work with you and your school to create a personalised QTS preparation plan and timeline, and offer support and guidance throughout your programme.

Teaching assistants who join the programme through the Herts for Learning will receive a 5% discount on their fees, with the code HERTS5, which must be entered into section 1.3 on the online application form.

Read more about the programme here.

Course fees range from £4500 to £7500 depending on course length.

Quote HERTS5 to receive your 5% discount.

Straight to Teaching QTS programme fees

Straight to Teaching programme length

Total fee

Fee without VAT

Assessment Only route



Low QTS preparation (1 to 1.5 terms) and QTS assessment



Medium QTS preparation (2 to 3 terms) and QTS assessment



High QTS preparation (4 to 5 terms) and QTS assessment



Subject to exceptions, VAT will be charged at the rate of 20 per cent. Where the school, rather than the individual agrees to pay all or part of the tuition fee you may be able to recover VAT. Schools may consider meeting the tuition fee and making their own arrangements, if they wish to do so, with the individual concerned.

Read a case study from a Hertfordshire school by clicking here.

Enquire with Tes Institute  today and find out more about the programme.