Assessment Only Route to QTS

The Assessment Only Route enables individuals with extensive teaching experience to demonstrate that they are already meeting the Teachers’ Standards in full, without the need for further training.

Following a successful assessment, carried out within a three-month period, candidates are awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Who can apply?

The Assessment Only route has a detailed set of statutory criteria.

It is primarily designed for Graduates with a wealth of prior teaching experience – teaching a range of abilities across a minimum of four consecutive academic years and in at least two different settings.

Those who wish to gain the qualification through the AO route might include very experienced graduate teachers without QTS who are:

  • currently teaching as unqualified teachers in schools or academies
  • working in British schools overseas and/or
  • teaching in the independent school sector

An overview of the AO Route


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