Assessment Only

If you're an experienced teacher with a degree, you can achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) without having to do any further training. Assessment Only allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all of the standards for QTS.

To achieve QTS via the AO route, you'll need to present detailed evidence that you meet the standards. Your teaching will be assessed in a school by an accredited and approved AO provider. You'll also need to take the professional skills test in literacy and numeracy before you can be accepted onto the route.

This way of achieving QTS is only available to unqualified teachers who have taught in at least two schools, early years and/or further education settings.

A number of universities, colleges, schools and SCITTs around the country offer AO. Their criteria for entry may vary, and you will need to apply to them directly if you are interested in this route to QTS. You can register with us for more information and help with the application process. Find more information on GOV.UK.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for the AO route, you can apply directly to an approved provider.

To find out more, you can also speak to a Teaching Line adviser on Freephone 0800 389 2500.

51%

of teachers on Assessment Only in 2012/13 had over five years' experience

60%

of teachers on Assessment Only in 2012/13 were in secondary schools

Upcoming events

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  • Males into Primary Teaching conference

    21 April 2015 AT 14:00

    The Males into Primary Teaching conference is an unmissable event for male students who want a real insight into primary teaching as a career option and studying a teacher training course at university.

    Cheltenham Open
  • Teaching Information Event

    21 April 2015 AT 16:00

    This event is open to candidates interested in training to teach Primary or Secondary in local schools. There will be an opportunity to meet Headteachers and staff from our outstanding training provider Bromley Schools Collegiate to discuss the School Direct Training programmes. 

    Chislehurst Open
  • Train to Teach Sunderland

    21 April 2015 AT 17:00

    This event at the Sunderland Marriott offers an introduction to kick-starting your career in teaching and the chance to get your training questions answered.

    Sunderland Closed
  • School Direct (Primary General) and Early Years Introductory Evening

    21 April 2015 AT 19:00

    A presentation about Bourton Meadow Academy and the Teacher Training Centre and an outline of the School Direct Training Programmes on offer for September 2015, including details on eligibility and funding arrangements

    Buckingham Open