The Assessment Only Route to QTS is for experienced teachers, who have been teaching whole classes for a minimum of two years. For entry to the award you will need to have been teaching in at least two schools, normally for at least two years and accross one of the following age ranges: 3-11 (primary), 7-14 (middle) or 11-19 (secondary).
The Assessment Only Route to QTS allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all of the Teacher's Standards for QTS. The assessment period is a maximum of 12 weeks.
We will ask you to present detailed preliminary evidence at interview – then for the final recommendation for QTS we will assess your teaching – normally at the school where you are currently working.
In addition, you will need to pass the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before being accepted onto the route. You will also need a current Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and Fitness-To-Teach approval.
Typical applications to this route include people who have taught for more than two years in the independent sector or overseas. The Assessment Only Route to QTS may be possible to undertake if you wish to be assessed while teaching overseas, normally in a British International School.
If you are awarded QTS, the next step is to undertake a year as a newly qualified teacher. This includes a personalised programme of professional support and further assessment against the core professional standards for teachers normally organised by your employing school or local authority.
The University of Sunderland is an accredited provider for the Assessment Only Route to QTS. More details are available from the Department for Education.
Claire Rushworth, Primary School Teacher at Broadway Junior School, talks about her experiences at the University of Sunderland, where she studied for a BA (Hons) Primary Education and MA Teaching and Learning with ICT: