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Assessment-only route for Qualified Teacher Status

  • We give you bespoke advice before and during your application
  • We work across the country
  • We have competitive fees
  • In just 12 weeks, gain qualified teacher status.
  • Apply if you are an unqualified primary or secondary teacher with teaching experience.
  • You are offered high quality personalised support throughout the programme.
  • This will rapidly progress your career prospects and employment opportunities.     

My career was already progressing and I was gaining more responsibility, but since gaining my QTS through the Assessment-only Route, I have become Lead Teacher for Behaviour Management and have gone up the pay scale. My route to QTS has helped me develop my teaching practice massively and I continue to look for ways to improve. It has been something I have wanted to gain for a long time, and now I have it I feel like there is nothing holding me back from further career progression.”
Oliver

After teaching music (as an instructor) for six years, the Assessment Only Route was the only opportunity I had to gain my QTS. Immediately after the short assessment period, I was able to satisfy the criteria for the higher rungs of the main pay scale once my teaching experience AND my QTS was taken into consideration. I cannot thank The University of Worcester enough for enabling me to finally join the teaching profession.”
Jonathan

Am I ready to gain QTS?

Entry requirements:
A degree
GCSE grade C or equivalent in English Language and Mathematics ( Primary and Secondary) and Science ( Primary only).
Apply once you have completed two years whole class teaching across two consecutive age phases and in at least *two establishments with full responsibility for planning, teaching and assessment, experience of teaching all the national curriculum subjects if you are a primary applicant or your specialist subject if you are a secondary applicant. You need to demonstrate that all the Teachers' standards are met. Please contact us if you have limited experience of teaching the English curriculum.

*Experience of teaching in a second setting is not a requirement for interview stage 1.

Secondary subjects currently offered: Design & Technology (Food and Textiles); Dance; Drama; Classics; Computer Science/ICT; English; Geography; History; Mathematics; Modern Languages; Music; PE; Psychology: Economics with Business; Religious Education; Science (Biology, Chemistry & Physics).

Bespoke advice on preparing to gain QTS:

We will help you get ready for the AOR by putting together an action plan with you and your school/setting. Please contact us at assessmentonly@worc.ac.uk if the following applies to you:

  • You do not have a degree in your specialist subject (Secondary)
  • You have a 3rd class degree (Primary and Secondary)
  • You have only worked in one setting (Primary and Secondary)
  • You have one year’s experience (or equivalent) of teaching a full timetable ( Primary and Secondary)
  • You would like to apply for a subject not mentioned in the list above

How can I apply?

Download the Assessment Only application form or alternatively you can contact us by e-mail: assessmentonly@worc.ac.uk

What will the interview process involve?

Interview stage 1 at the University of Worcester

- Written task
- Submission of a portfolio of evidence against each standard. Please click here to find out what constitutes evidence.
- Interview

Interview stage 2 at your school

- One lesson observation followed by a feedback session.
- Discussion about the 12 week assessment period, including the final assessment.

How long does the assessment period last?

The assessment period will last a maximum of 12 weeks.
- One weekly lesson observation to be carried out by your school mentor, followed by feedback.

The final assessment:
- Two lesson observations
- Submission of a portfolio of evidence with six short 750 word commentaries.
- Information about the induction period.

When can I start the 12 week assessment period?

Assessment only periods usually commence at the start of each term: September, January or April.

What will happen once I have gained QTS?

- You will start the induction period.

- Further guidance in relation to the induction period can be found on the Department for Education (DfE) website here: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/leadership/deployingstaff/newstaff/b0066959/nqt-induction

- We will invite you to attend our NQT teach meet events: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/communicate-nqt-interactive.html

Contact Us 

For more information about the Assessment Only Route, please contact us at the following email address:

 assessmentonly@worc.ac.uk


 
Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

What if I do not have a degree in my specialist subject (Secondary)?

We will usually consider your application if you have a good A-Level in your specialist subject. We will also ask you to provide evidence that you have worked with high-ability KS4 pupils and that those pupils have achieved high grades. We will ask you to complete a subject knowledge audit and to complete up to three focused subject knowledge tasks. This incurs a fee.

What if I have a 3rd class degree (Primary and Secondary)?

If you are a secondary applicant, we will ask you if you have an A-Level in your specialist subject. We will also ask you to provide evidence that you have worked with high-ability KS4 pupils and that those pupils have achieved high grades. We will ask you to complete a subject knowledge audit and to complete up to three tasks whether you are a primary or a secondary applicant. This incurs a fee.

What if I have you have only worked in one setting? (Primary and Secondary)

You can apply and we will discuss your second school experience at interview.

What if I only have one year’s experience (or equivalent) of teaching a full timetable ( Primary and Secondary)?

Contact us. We will look at your experience in detail and we will help you and your school put together an action plan.

What if you would like to apply for a subject that we do not offer?

Contact us. We may be able to help.


Contact us

Contact us at the following address: assessmentonly@worc.ac.uk


 


Finance

Candidates who work within a 40 mile radius of the University of Worcester and who have at least a 2:2 in their specialist subject (Secondary) will be charged £2,250 in total. Candidates who do not work within a 40 mile radius of the University of Worcester will need to pay travel/subsistence expenses for tutors to visit them.

Candidates who do not have a specialist degree (Secondary), who have a third class degree (Primary and Secondary) or who have a degree in a subject that we do not currently offer will need to pay an additional fee. Please see below for additional fees. Secondary applicants: please note that if you do not have a degree in your specialist subject, we will only be able to consider your application if you have a very good A-Level in your specialist subject (grade B or above) and extensive experience of teaching your specialist subject within your specialist age ranges and across the ability range. 

 Scenario Additional Fee 
You do not have a specialist degree in a subject that we offer
(for example, you want to qualify to teach Music but you have a degree in Geography. We currently offer Music as a subject).
 £300
You do not have a specialist degree in a subject that we don't currently offer (for example, you want to qualify to teach Health and Social Care. You have a degree in Education Studies. We do not currently offer Health and Social care.)  £540
You have a specialist degree in a subject that we don't currently offer (for example, you want to qualify to teach Media Studies. We do not currently offer Media Studies).  £540
You have a 3rd class specialist degree in a subject that we offer (for example, you have a 3rd class specialist degree in D&T or Modern Languages. We currently offer these subjects.)  £300
You have a 3rd class degree in a non-specialist subject and in a subject that we don't currently offer (for example, you want to qualify to teach Media Studies and you have a 3rd class degree in History. We do not currently offer Media Studies).  £630
You have a 3rd class degree (primary)  £300

Assessment Only Fees


Are you ready to apply?

Are you ready to apply?

A - Please see our Assessment Only Self- Assessment Checklist [PDF] to see if you meet the criteria in order to apply for this route.

B - Evidence for Teachers’ Standards

AOR candidates are asked to bring a portfolio of evidence to interview stage 1. They need to demonstrate that they have met all the Teachers' standards. Please click on the link below for examples:

AOR Evidence for Teachers' Standards [PDF]

C – The school mentor’s role is crucial.

The role of the mentor during the assessment period:

Mentors are expected to: 

  • identify areas of need and strength and give support as appropriate;
  • give guidance on following the assessment plan;
  • make school policies available to AOR teachers;
  • observe and provide written/verbal high quality feedback on lessons to include reference to subject knowledge and subject pedagogy on a weekly basis. AOR mentors are expected to observe AOR teachers teach once a week and have a weekly meeting with AOR teachers.
  • communicate with the University of Worcester immediately about any cause for concern;
  • ensure that resources and information are made available to support AOR teachers planning and preparation;
  • give guidance on completing the final portfolio;
  • provide equality of opportunity; and
  • write references

Schools must:

  • guarantee that the AOR teacher’s entitlement is maintained throughout their period of assessment;
  • provide a supportive environment for assessment only teachers;
  • ensure that AOR teachers have at least a 50% and no more than 80% teaching timetable;
  • make a strong commitment to contribute to high quality support, guidance and developmental assessment;
  • provide mentors and class teachers with the necessary resources to successfully carry out their role;
  • ensure that mentors have the appropriate experience to support and assess an AOR teacher; and
  • comply with Health & Safety at work legislation
  • follow the English National Curriculum           

Feedback

Feedback

Feedback from recent AOR teachers:

Jayne- Primary AOR teacher

Susannah- Primary AOR Teacher

Helen- Secondary AOR Teacher

Richard- Secondary AOR teacher

My career was already progressing and I was gaining more responsibility, but since gaining my QTS through the Assessment-only Route, I have become Lead Teacher for Behaviour Management and have gone up the pay scale. My route to QTS has helped me develop my teaching practice massively and I continue to look for ways to improve. It has been something I have wanted to gain for a long time, and now I have it I feel like there is nothing holding me back from further career progression.”
Oliver

After teaching music (as an instructor) for six years, the Assessment Only Route was the only opportunity I had to gain my QTS. Immediately after the short assessment period, I was able to satisfy the criteria for the higher rungs of the main pay scale once my teaching experience AND my QTS was taken into consideration. I cannot thank The University of Worcester enough for enabling me to finally join the teaching profession.”
Jonathan