Assessment Only Route
Experienced, unqualified teachers who meet the entry criteria below can apply to be assessed for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through the Assessment Only route (AO).
The Assessment Only route allows candidates to demonstrate that they already meet all of the standards for QTS, without the need for any further training. Candidates will need to present detailed evidence. Teaching will be assessed in school by SAF ITT.
Before acceptance on to the AO route, candidates must meet the following entry criteria:
• planned, taught and evaluated in at least two schools, early years and/or further education settings
• have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 in GCSE English and mathematics
• if candidates intend to teach pupils aged 3 to 11 they should have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 in a GCSE science subject
• worked for at least 2 years as an unqualified teacher
• completed an undergraduate degree
Ages 3 – 5 Foundation Stage
Ages 5 – 7 School Years 1 - 2
Ages 7 – 9 School Years 3 – 4
Ages 9 - 11 School Years 5 – 6
Ages 11 - 14 School Years 7, 8 and 9
Ages 14 - 16 School Years 10 - 11
Ages 16 - 19 Ages 16 - 19
SAF ITT will accept equivalent qualifications in English, mathematics and science with; Equivalency Testing and A Star Teaching
For overseas qualifications, we will accept a comparability study from ENIC
SAF ITT must ensure that, before anyone is admitted to the Assessment Only route, they have been deemed suitable.
All candidates as part of our selection procedures will take part in a rigorous selections process designed to assess their suitability to teach and ability to demonstrate meeting all of the Teachers’ Standards without the need for any further training.
Our selection procedures will help to protect children and young people from candidates who might put them at risk of harm. .
SAF ITT will conduct interviews, run background checks with the employing school, and assess if an applicant has the appropriate intellectual and academic capabilities and personal qualities, attitudes, ethics and values to meet the Teachers’ Standards.
SAF ITT will consider a wide range of evidence to determine applicants’ suitability to teach. This will include:
• information from application form
• evidence of good fundamental skills in mathematics and English
• referees’ reports
• advice from schools
• applicants’ portfolios
• information from employing school
• Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
• Criminal records checks from overseas candidates
• Disqualification check against the Childcare Act 2006
• Candidates are not subject to a prohibition order issued by the Secretary of State
How to apply
If you meet all of the above mentioned entry criteria please request an application form by email to Jatkin@saf.org.uk
If you require additional information regarding the entry criteria, please email Jatkin@saf.org.uk
Candidates will attend an interview with two members of the SAF ITT team. You will be required to bring original copies of your qualifications and ID documents as outlined in your invitation to interview.
The outline of the interview is as follows:
• meet the panel
• formal interview questions
• portfolio check against the Teachers’ Standards
Following a successful interview, the 12 week window in which the AO route must be completed begins. You will be given a portfolio checklist for you to complete over the duration of the assessment and a fundamental skills assessment report for your school to complete. A mutually convenient date will be set for your interim visit.
Following the interview candidates will continue to work on portfolios collating examples from teaching.
An interim visit will take place partway through the 12 week window. A member of the SAF ITT team will come to your school to observe you teach a lesson and look at your portfolio. You will be advised if there are any gaps in your evidence that need to be addressed before the final assessment visit.
Final Assessment Visit
This will take place towards the end of your 12 week window. Two members of the SAF ITT team will visit your school. We will watch you teach two lessons. This will be across two key stages in secondary. In primary it will cover a core and foundation subject within your class. We will review your final evidence portfolio, check your Fundamental skills assessment report and speak with a senior member of staff who has been involved in your training if that is possible. We will tell you if you will be recommended for the award of QTS at the end of the visit.
Confirmation of Qualified Teacher Status
SAF ITT will inform the DfE of your outcome. We will confirm the decision to you in writing.
Payment for the AO route
£2,500 in total payable in two instalments
• Following a successful interview leading to the booking of Interim Visit £1,500
• Final Assessment £1,000
The Assessment only route is a 3 stage process including an audit of the evidence you have for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), see the Department of Education (DfE) website for further information. Following the audit, if it is considered that you have the necessary experience and evidence to qualify for this route, you will be invited to contact us to discuss how we might proceed.
The Assessment Route Only into teaching is for those who:
Already have a degree and have passed a standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examinations in English, Mathematics and Science
Have substantial experience of working in a UK school as an instructor or unqualified teacher or as a teacher in an independent school or further education institution
Have passed both of the Professional Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy before interview
Can demonstrate that the evidence from your teaching covers two or more consecutive age ranges from the following:
|Ages 3 – 5||Foundation Stage|
|Ages 5 – 7||School Years 1 – 2|
|Ages 7 – 9||School Years 3 – 4|
|Ages 9 – 11||School Years 5 – 6|
|Ages 11 – 14||School Years 7, 8 and 9|
|Ages 14 – 16||School Years 10 – 11|
|Ages 16 – 19||Ages 16 – 19|
The Assessment only route is a 3 stage process including an audit of the evidence you have for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), see the DfE website for further information. Following the audit, if it's considered that you have the necessary experience and evidence to qualify for this route, you will be invited to contact us to discuss how we might proceed.
Fees: Total cost £2,500
Initial interview, portfolio check and verification of suitability for assessment only route
Personal qualifications and characteristics
School suitability to support during assessment
Initial overview of evidence including a classroom observation
Preparation for assessment and completion of portfolio.
Final assessment of one day in school
(Applicants would only be charged for (1) until suitability to proceed to final assessment has been established.)