The Assessment Only Route is for experienced but unqualified teachers, who have been teaching whole classes for a minimum of two years. To be recommended for the award you will need to have teaching experience in at least two schools and across two or more consecutive age ranges.
The Assessment Only Route allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all of the standards for QTS. The assessment period is a maximum of 12 weeks.
We will ask you to present detailed preliminary evidence at interview – and we will assess your teaching – usually 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 Fit-To-Teach approval.
Typical students on this course include people who have taught for more than two years in the independent sector or overseas. You could have taught in early years primary or secondary level.
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.
The University of Sunderland is an accredited provider for the Assessment Only Route. 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: