Assessment-Only Route to Qualified Teacher Status

Assessment-Only Route to Qualified Teacher Status

If you are an experienced teacher, the National Institute of Education and Teaching offers a fast-track to professional accreditation.

Our Assessment-Only Route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is available to teachers in the UK or abroad with more than two years of teaching experience, who have not undergone formal teacher training.

With a September, January or April start date and a maximum of 12 weeks for assessment, it is a fast and flexible way to gain Qualified Teacher Status.

How it works

The route consists of three assessment processes:

  1. An assessment of your application.
  2. An Initial Assessment Day to judge whether you are likely to meet the National Teachers’ Standards within a maximum 12-week period without further training.
  3. A Final Assessment Day, within the 12-week period, to determine your success.

The Assessor will interview you, hold meetings with your line manager or mentor and conduct lesson observations. They will scrutinise your planning, marking, report writing and record of professional development.

Can I apply for the Assessment-Only Route?

You must be able to demonstrate the following:

Teaching Experience

At least two years of teaching experience in two or more contrasting schools (one may be your current).

If you have taught in only one school, a teaching placement of up to six weeks in another school will be required prior to the start of the route. We may be able to assist you in organising a placement school.

You should be currently teaching your subject in a school to full classes for at least 50% of a full school timetable -  approximately 12 hours per week. Support from your employing school is required throughout the course.

There may be further checks if you have lived or worked outside the UK.


A degree from a UK University or equivalent.

GCSEs in English and Maths at grade C/4 or above or equivalent (and Science for Primary school candidates).

Suitability Criteria

Meet all of the Teachers’ Standards across the age-range of assessment.

Meet the teaching suitability criteria such as physical capacity to teach, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records checks, children’s barred list information etc.





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*International trainees will also be expected to cover any visa, flight, accommodation, travel and sustenance costs incurred within the University Assessor visits.

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