Assessment Only Route

The Assessment Only Route (AOR) is an employment-based route for achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) whilst working as a teacher.  The AO teacher follows an individual assessment programme leading to recommendation for QTS.  This route does not attract a PGCE academic award.

The AOR is intended for unqualified instructors who have two years’ or more experience of teaching in schools .  It is not intended for those who need a teacher training programme.

An applicant cannot be accepted onto the AO programme until he/she has been teaching at a good level for at least two years full-time or the equivalent.  Short-term supply placements, which do not allow the AO applicant to take full responsibility for their class(es) by undertaking the roles and responsibilities of a normal timetabled teacher, are not taken into account.

HLTAs will not be eligible for AO if they have insufficient experience of full responsibility for planning, teaching, assessing, etc.  Generally, we recommend they apply for a teacher training course such as School Direct.  Details of our initial teacher training course can be found on this website.

The period of assessment is normally a maximum of 12 calendar weeks.

During the 12-week assessment period AO applicants will:

  • update their individual training plan;
  • receive a visit regarding Subject Knowledge for Teaching;
  • be formally observed teaching on a number of occasions;
  • receive two monitoring and support visits;
  • complete a portfolio with evidence that they meet all the Teachers’ Standards at the final assessment point

Entry Requirements

In order to be eligible for the AO programme and assessment for recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status, the AO applicant must:

i.       Be a graduate.  Hold a degree from a United Kingdom higher educational institution or equivalent qualification, preferably a class 2.1 or above.  Degrees classified 2.2 will be considered.

ii.       Hold GCSEs in English and Maths at Grade C or equivalent.

Before an AO applicant can be considered, they must also:

  • Have been subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
  • Teach in a school where they have the opportunity to demonstrate that they meet all the Teachers’ Standards for Qualified Teacher Status at a good level.
  • Have taught and been accountable for pupils’ learning for the equivalent of two years’ full-time.  All relevant teaching experience can be taken into account.
  • Have taught across two age ranges or key stages.
  • Have taught in two schools.
  • Possess the appropriate qualities, attitudes and values expected of a qualified teacher.
  • To be able to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.
  • Have met the Secretary of State’s requirement for health and physical capacity to teach.
  • Passed the two skills tests.

If successful, the AOR applicant will be awarded recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

The applicant will then have to undertake and pass the Induction Year and will then be awarded Qualified Teacher Status.

The cost of the Assessment Only Route is £3,000.00.

If you are interested in this route, then please email for further details.