Assessment Only QTS

We offer the opportunity for those with significant experience teaching in a school to achieve QTS though our ‘Assessment Only’ program.

There are a series of steps for any candidate to go through to secure an Assessment Only route to QTS. In the vast majority of cases, a taught programme will be a more suitable option. Typically, Assessment Only Candidates will have a number of years’ experience, and have taught in two or more schools.

Contact us to make an enquiry where we will outline to you the entry requirements, costs and details of the procedure.

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Once you have enquired and we have established that you may be suitable for Assessment Only, we will ask you to apply.

You will then complete an application form confirming that you meet the entry criteria.

Following a successful initial application, you will need to attend a pre-assessment meeting. This meeting will provide you with key information regarding the process and the required standard needed for your evidence portfolio. During this meeting you will be asked to provide original documentation of qualifications.

Following this meeting, you will be asked to submit a portfolio of evidence demonstrating how you have met the Teachers’ Standards.  You, and your employing school, will also be asked to sign a partnership agreement.

If your portfolio meets the criteria, you will be invited for interview.

At interview you will be asked to:

  • Take part in a formal interview which will include questions based on your evidence portfolio
  • Complete a literacy and numeracy competency task
  • Complete a subject knowledge test
  • Teach a lesson

At the end of the 12-week period, an assessment day will take place at your employing school on a mutually agreed date. As part of this day, joint lesson observations of 2 age ranges will take place, with a senior member of staff in your school.  In addition, there will be an interview with your line manager (e.g. head of department/phase) and an interview with a senior member of staff (usually the person in charge of ECTs)

The total cost of the programme is £2500. This may be funded by the school, the candidate or a combination of both. Further details can be discussed during initial enquiries.

Unsuccessful Applicants

If you do not meet the requirements for Assessment Only, please contact us regarding our other school-based teacher training routes that we can support you with.

Alternatively, you can read about our taught courses, and choose the right option for you.