University of East London Assessment Only QTS
Assessment only application guidance
The Application Process
Before completing an application form the applicant needs to secure a position at a school which is prepared to support them on the Assessment Only route. The head teacher’s recommendation will act as the first reference and if appropriate we would also contact the second referee.
The relevant sections of this form should be completed by the applicant and the school and returned to UEL. We will then arrange a Stage 1 advisory visit in school which includes needs analysis; training plan; interview; lesson/teaching observation; detailed scrutiny of evidence; next steps document. For practical purposes, the interview may commonly be held separately to the visit and this will take place at the University. The applicant will be advised of their suitability to progress to Stage 2 assessment. Alternative routes to QTS will be discussed if the applicant is judged to be insufficiently ready for assessment at this point. Shortly before assessment we may arrange a visit to school in order to confirm that targets have been met and that the scope of evidence is sufficient. This may, alternatively, be completed through discussion with the applicant and the school’s principle contact for training.
In order to qualify for this route, applicants must:
- provide substantial, verifiable evidence of experience of at least two years in the full role of a class teacher across consecutive two age ranges1, as defined in the QTS standards and have the potential to meet the QTS standards in 13 weeks or less;
- primary applicants must demonstrate sound subject knowledge for teaching across the entire primary curriculum in at least two consecutive age ranges (It is not normally possible to be assessed for QTS as a single-subject primary teacher or only/principally teaching special needs children or as a cover teacher)..
- secondary applicants must demonstrate sound subject knowledge for teaching in one National Curriculum subject, or a subject that is examined externally across at least two consecutive age ranges (It is not normally possible to be assessed for QTS as a PSHE teacher or only/principally teaching special needs children or as a cover teacher).
- have evidence2of competent teaching in at least two different schools. Those who have taught only in their employing schools will need a placement of at least three weeks duration, to demonstrate that they have taught and met QTS standards in a contrasting setting.
- hold a degree of a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification. For secondary applicants the degree content should normally be at least 50% of the specialist subject taught. Assessment of secondary applicants is in one subject and special needs is not included;