The Assessment Only Route to QTS (AOR) is for experienced teachers, who have been teaching whole classes for a minimum of two years. In addition, you will need to have been teaching in at least two schools, normally for at least two years and across one of the following age ranges: 3-11 (primary), 7-14 (middle) or 11-19 (secondary).
The AOR allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all of the Teachers' Standards for QTS. The Teachers’ Standards currently in force can be found on the following website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/teachers-standards.
The assessment period is a maximum of 12 weeks which commences after registration with NCTL (National College for Teaching and Leadership). If you meet the eligibility criteria for AOR (see summary in Entry Requirements) we will ask you to present detailed preliminary evidence at interview – then for the final recommendation for QTS we will re-assess your evidence and assess your teaching – normally at the school where you are currently working.
Typical applications to this route include people who have taught for more than two years in the independent sector or overseas. The AOR 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 (NQT). 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.
There is no formal teaching on Assessment Only Route to QTS.