Achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by Assessment Only
If you are an experienced teacher with a degree, you can achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) without having to complete any further training. The ‘Assessment Only’ route allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all of the standards for QTS.
- This way of achieving QTS is only available to unqualified teachers who have significant teaching experience, having planned, taught and assessed in at least two schools for a total of more than 2 years.
- You will also need to take the professional skills test in literacy and numeracy before you can be accepted onto this route (until April 2020 only).
- In addition to your degree, you must have a GCSE grade 4 / C or above in English, Maths and a Science subject. If you cannot demonstrate the required GCSE subjects and levels you may have to pass an equivalence test.
To achieve QTS via the AO route, you will be assessed in the following areas:
- Detailed evidence that you meet all the Teachers’ Standards
- Assessment of your teaching practice in a school
For this reason you will need to find a school which will employ you as an unqualified teacher or take you on as a volunteer and support you in the AO route. The assessment of your evidence and teaching practice will be carried out by the Chepping View SCITT – an approved AO provider and specialist in school-centred primary teacher training.
For more detailed guidance notes on the Chepping View SCITT Assessment Only route go to: Assessment Only Guidance 2019-20
For DfE supporting advice on Assessment Only go to: Assessment Only Route to QTS : Criteria and Supporting Advice
For an application form go to: Assessment Only Application Form 2019-20
Lesson observation form: Weekly Lesson Observation form
If you have any further questions or need help deciding if you are suitable, contact Debrah Maddox at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01494 535564.