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Assessment Only route leading to Qualified Teacher Status: Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

The Assessment Only route allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all of the Teachers' Standards for QTS without the need for any further training.

You will need to present a detailed portfolio of evidence, and your teaching will be assessed in a school by an accredited and approved provider.  

You must also take the Professional Skills tests before you can be recommended for QTS.

The Assessment Only requirements and supporting advice are available from the Department for Education.

Can I complete the professional skills tests at the end of the process?

  • You will not be considered for the Assessment Only route unless you have taken and passed the Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy prior to application..

Can I complete my GCSEs or equivalents during the process?

  • You must have evidence of successful completion of GCSEs or equivalents in Maths, English and (for Primary Teaching) Science before you can be considered for the Assessment Only route.

Will Kingston University provide me with training if my portfolio of evidence is determined to be weak in any area?

  • The Assessment Only route is not a teacher training programme and no training will be provided as it is a route designed for candidates with significant experience of teaching, who feel that they can provide adequate evidence of meeting the Teachers' Standards.

What does my school have to provide?  

  • You will need to gain support from your head teacher, who will need to complete part two of your application form and provide a written statement of support, confirming that they support your application and that you are a strong candidate for the award of QTS.
  • A Kingston University tutor will observe you teaching in your school and discuss observations with the relevant school staff, therefore your school needs to be able to make provisions for the tutor on the interview and assessment days and provide appropriate cover arrangements due to the assessment process, including any meetings with other involved members of staff.

What teaching experience can be taken into account?

  • All relevant teaching experience may be taken into account as evidence, including voluntary/unpaid work as well as employed teaching experience.
  • Your teaching experience needs to demonstrate that you have had significant and relevant experience of teaching across two consecutive age phases, in two separate schools.
  • You need to have a minimum of two years of teaching experience.

How long does the Assessment Only process take?

  • The whole Assessment Only process will take a maximum of three months from the beginning of the assessment period and includes (not exclusively): receipt/review of application, initial interview, and submission of evidence and assessment.
  • NCTL advice is that if an applicant appears to require more than a term to complete the Assessment Only route, it is likely that an existing ITT route would be more suitable.

Is Assessment Only for those employed in the mainstream state sector?

  • No, you can have your teaching assessed in an Independent school, FE College, SEN school, PRU or early years' setting.
  • If you are employed in an Independent school, FE College, SEN school, PRU or early years' setting you must have some prior experience of teaching in a mainstream state school.

Will I be observed teaching across both age ranges?

  • Yes, unless you provide particularly strong evidence and your assessor feels it is not necessary.

I worked as an unqualified teacher/cover supervisor for a significant time but I am not employed now, can I still be assessed?

  • Kingston University requires you to have already secured your supporting school placement, paid or otherwise. This placement will be the school where you are observed. Normally you will have been working there prior to the assessment.

Do I need to get a new DBS check?

  • We will discuss this with you at interview but you will need to have a satisfactory Enhanced Child Workforce DBS certificate issued within the last three years. Ideally you should have signed up to the DBS Update service.

How am I assessed at the final point?

  • Your assessor will watch you teach, meet with key staff within your school and critically evaluate your portfolio of evidence against the Teachers' Standards.
  • You will be awarded a pass or fail.

If I pass the final assessment how soon do I get QTS?

  • We will notify the NCTL that we are recommending you for the award of QTS.
  • The recommendation can only be made following receipt of full payment of fees.
  • Your notification for QTS will be sent directly to you from the NCTL.
  • You will receive a Teacher Registration Number (TRN).

I'm an overseas-trained teacher (OTT) but have exceeded four years of employment as a teacher

  • You can still be employed as an instructor in a school. You are therefore eligible to apply for the Assessment Only route.
  • However, you need to be aware of a recent government announcement which stated that, OTTs from the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Canada will be recognised as qualified teachers but must apply to the NCTL for QTS. Further information is available on the Department of Education website.

If I am successful and gain QTS from the Assessment Only process, do I need to complete the induction NQT year?

  • Yes. Generally you will be expected to complete the same induction requirements as all successful candidates for QTS,which includes completing an NQT year. Your school is responsible for supporting you as necessary throughout your NQT year.

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