Assessment Only route

Qualify an experienced teacher in just 12 weeks

How Assessment Only route can help your school:

  • Increase the number of staff with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • Qualify staff while they continue working at your school
  • Develop your own qualified teacher workforce

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Retain and develop staff

Many trusted and talented TAs and teachers need to leave schools, just like yours, to qualify which means you lose great members of staff and your pupils may lose an inspirational teacher.

Our Assessment Only route can help your staff with significant teaching experience to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in just 12 weeks. It’s an alternative route to QTS that allows your staff to be independently assessed against the English Teachers’ Standards and on successful completion, be awarded QTS and become a Newly Qualified Teacher.

  • Your school will need to verify compliance documentation for the member of staff and provide a testimony for their employment at the school.

  • The assessment period will take no longer than 12 weeks and can be started at almost any point in the year.

  • Assessment Only route is available in all school settings including primary, secondary, mainstream, SEND, alternative provision, independent and boarding schools.

  • The Assessment Only route costs £3,000 plus VAT* and can be paid for by the member of staff, the school or split between both parties.

Do your staff need some preparation first?

If your staff aren't ready for QTS assessment, our Straight to Teaching course can provide them with a tailored preparation programme, giving them extra help they may need to improve their teaching and gain enough experience to be suitable for Assessment Only.

All without leaving your school.

Suitable candidates for Assessment Only route

This route is aimed at school staff with a degree and significant teaching experience who can demonstrate that they already meet the English Teachers’ Standards without the need for any additional preparation or training. The Assessment Only route can take as little as 12 weeks to complete and gives staff the opportunity to become a qualified teacher without leaving their current school.

Approved provider

Tes Institute is an approved Assessment Only provider and will be able to assess the candidate in your school and provide them with the opportunity to demonstrate that they meet the Teachers' Standards with an evidence portfolio.

A Tes Institute pathway tutor will visit them in school, observing lessons and reviewing their portfolio of evidence in order to verify that they meet the criteria before recommending them for QTS assessment. For the assessment, an independent assessor will observe lessons and inspect their portfolio of evidence and, if they are successful, recommend them for QTS.

The DfE will award QTS based on our assessor’s recommendation.

Start dates

With start dates throughout the year, your candidates can start our Assessment Only route at a time that is right for them and the school.

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Tes Institute is an accredited Initial Teacher Training provider and has qualified more than 2,000 teachers in over 800 schools.

*Subject to exceptions, VAT will be charged at the rate of 20 per cent