Assessment Only Route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) (QTS)

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About Assessment Only Route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at University of Derby

Do you have considerable experience working in education but still need to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)? We offer a flexible, convenient pathway to help you realise your ambitions and progress your teaching career.

Our Assessment Only Route to QTS could be ideal if you are:

  • Working as an unqualified teacher - paid or unpaid - or if you have extensive recent experience of teaching in a school or college.
  • A cover supervisor, Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) or supply teacher
  • An experienced Further Education lecturer now working in a school and keen to gain QTS
  • An overseas trained teacher who does not automatically qualify for QTS or who did not gain QTS within the four-year limit.
  • The Assessment Only Route is open to colleagues in Independent Schools, Academies, Special Schools, PRUs

Don't let the lack of QTS restrict your career prospects.If you're an experienced teacher with a degree, this route is your chance to demonstrate that you already meet all the standards for QTS - without the need for further training.

A fast-track route to qualification

The Assessment Only Route enables you to become formally qualified within a short space of time while you continue to teach. It takes 12 weeks of assessment to secure QTS and you can start at any time of the year.

You are required to demonstrate that you are a reflective practitioner who has met the Teachers' Standards and can apply your skills, knowledge and understanding effectively in a wide range of school settings. In addition, you need to show that you can relate theory to practice and to evaluate critically the fundamental aims and values of education.

In-school assessments

As part of your route to QTS, you will be assessed while you are teaching by staff from both your school and the University.

During the assessment period, your supporting school will need to ensure that you have sufficient opportunity to meet the Teachers' Standards. You will need to comply with National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) requirements, including a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and meeting 'Fitness to Teach' regulations, plus any other relevant current legislation relating to the Teaching Profession.

You should normally be teaching at a school within two hours travel time from the University of Derby.

Support and inspiration

We have a rich heritage in training and assessing successful, confident and forward-thinking teachers. Your University assessor will come from our highly competent, experienced team and will offer you personalised support at every stage of theAssessment Only Route.

We offer potential candidates and their school advice and guidance prior to application and strongly recommend that we make an advisory visit to meet you in your school prior to the application process.

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Entry requirements

You will need to:

  • hold an undergraduate degree
  • hold GCSE grade 4 or above in Mathematics and English Language or equivalent. For primary teaching, you will also need GCSE grade 4 or above in a Science subject. Please note that Key Skills qualifications, Equivalence Tests and OCR Level 2 Adult Literacy and Numeracy are not acceptable alternatives
  • be working as an unqualified teacher (paid or unpaid).
  • have been observed teaching by the sponsoring school and have your teaching graded as 'Outstanding' or 'Good'
  • be able to demonstrate that you have experience teaching in two or more schools/colleges, including the school you are currently working at. The experience should be relevant and recent (within the last 5 years) and across two consecutive age phases. The minimum teaching time requirement across the two or more schools is two years
  • provide evidence of a DBS check

Entry to this course is very competitive and the selection process includes:

  • completion of an application form with a supporting statement from your school
  • submission of an initial portfolio of evidence against the Teachers' Standards
  • a formal interview

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at University of Derby to prepare for your chosen course:

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