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Assessment Only Route

The Assessment Only route is for professionals who are already employed in a school and hold a degree but do not hold Qualified Teaching Status (QTS). This is available for both Primary and Secondary routes. 

Unlike our SCITT and School Direct routes, there is no training given on this route into teaching, you must compile all of your evidence to prove you meet the Teachers Standards (DfE 2012) in order for us to recommend you for OTS.


All applicant must:

  • Hold a Maths, English GCSE at Grade C or above – or equivalent and Science GCSE at Grade C or above for Primary. 

  • Hold a first degree or equivalent qualification granted by a United Kingdom institution or an equivalent degree or other qualification granted by a foreign institution

  • Have the support of the school that they teach in

  • Have significant teaching experience across the curriculum (typically 2 years+) across the age range you wish you to apply for

  • Have taught in 2 schools (Applicants who have taught only in their employing school will need a placement of at least six weeks duration in another school before they can be accepted on to the course

  • Demonstrate they are already meeting the Teachers’ Standards within the chosen age phase without the need for further training or experience

  • Have passed the professional skills tests before approval for the assessment stage

  • Be subject to a DBS enhanced disclosure check and other appropriate background checks

  • Submit a medical disclosure form to prove fitness to teach

The applicant will be rejected if the entry criteria are not met. The admissions team will seek further information prior to initial assessment on the other points if concerns arise.

Successful candidates will usually be informed of the decision to recommend them for a place at initial assessment


Course Structure and Dates

Course Structure

2018/19 Dates

Expression of Interest

From September 2018

Application deadline

5th November

4 week evidence gathering

26th November – 21st December

Initial assessment

Week commencing 7th January

8 week assessment period

7th January to 8th March

Interim assessment

Week commencing 28th January

Final assessment

Week commencing 4th March



  • 4 weeks to compile evidence against the Teachers’ Standards and information on key areas of professional teaching, informed by their reading and their experience of working in the school they are being assessed in

  • Initial assessment – observation, discussion with Mentor, suitability to teach, interview and discussion of evidence so far

  • 8 week assessed period in host school – weekly meeting with Mentors, formal and informal observation feedback

  • Interim assessment and targets set

  • Final assessment and targets set for NQT year


Cost and Attendance 

Course fee: £2000

A non-refundable fee of £500 is due following successful application and conditional offer.

Fees can be paid by the school, the applicant or as a 50:50 share

100% attendance is expected

Email: for more information and to apply. 

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