What is the Assessment Only Programme?
- We offer the Assessment Only programme as a route into teaching.
- The programme is designed for those candidates already teaching in schools who could be eligible to gain Qualified Teacher Status without undertaking a full initial teacher training programme. If candidates are successful through selection, they move straight into the assessment process.
- The assessment period of a candidate, from starting the Assessment Only programme and being awarded QTS, must be successfully completed within three months.
Who is the Assessment Only Programme designed for?
The Assessment Only programme is suitable for you if you are working as an instructor in primary or secondary or post 16 colleges and are doing the following:
- Have whole class responsibility for lesson planning, teaching and learning for a minimum of two years full-time or the equivalent
- Are already a highly competent classroom teacher (clear evidence to show this)
- Will be employed in a teaching role for the duration of the assessment period at a school where you can meet the full requirements of the Teachers’ Standards
- Are in a school which will fully support you through the application and assessment process
- Can show evidence of teaching in two schools across the two key stages in either primary or secondary
- Meet the application/entry qualification requirements
- Do not require additional training as need to be working at the level of a successful newly qualified teacher
What qualifications are needed at time of application?
- Applicants must be a graduate and have a degree of 2:2 or above at time of application
- Hold GCSEs in English and Maths at Grade C/4 for secondary and primary applications and additionally Science GCSE at Grade C/4 at time of application for primary
Assessment Only candidates must also have the following at time of application:
- Have evidence of a clear DBS check
- Be teaching in a school where you have the opportunity to demonstrate that you meet all the Teachers' Standards for QTS
- Are able to show evidence of having taught and been accountable for pupils' learning for at least two years or the part time equivalent.
- Have evidence that you have taught across two key stages in either primary or secondary
- Have evidence that you have taught in two schools in the age ranges in which they are going to be assessed
- Possess the appropriate qualities, attitudes and values expected of a qualified teacher
- Be able to communicate clearly and accurately in standard English
- Meet the requirements for health and physical capacity to teach
- If you think you meet the requirements for the Assessment Only Programme then please contact Gill Riley, the Assessment Only Course Leader and she will send you the documents you need to complete the recruitment process.
- Please note that there is a cost to your employing school for training on the AO programme and that information will be shared with you in our Assessment Only Handbook which can be emailed to you.
Selection and assessment process
If you meet all the entry requirements and you submit an application form then the following stages will take place:
- An AO Assessor called the Initial Assessor from the AO programme will contact your school to discuss arrangements for a selection interview and will also meet and interview you as the AO candidate. The AO Initial Assessor will also observe you teaching and provide feedback.
- Within five working days of the initial visit, you will be informed if you have been accepted onto the AO programme
- You are registered and then the three month assessment period begins, usually at the start of a term.
- You will be allocated what we call a Support Assessor and this will usually be the same person who was your Initial Assessor and they will be from the SCITT tutor team. The Support Assessor will visit you within the first week of your enrolment onto the programme to ensure all are clear about expectations and requirements of the three month programme. This Support Assessor will also carry out an Interim Visit half way through the programme and be the main point of contact for you.
- During the three month period that you are on the AO programme, you will need to collect a range of evidence for your portfolio and write two 1000 word assignments which will demonstrate that you are meeting the Teachers’ Standards. This will be explained to you by your Support Assessor.
- A Subject Knowledge for teaching visit will be arranged by a subject specialist. The Subject Knowledge Assessor is verifying that subject knowledge and pedagogy is sufficient for a newly qualified teacher.
- The Final Assessment Visit will take place over the course of one day and must take place within three months of the agreed date of starting the programme.
- The Final Assessor will make a recommendation for QTS for consideration to the Moderators along with a written report
- Within one week of the Final Assessor's visit, you will awarded QTS and informed of this outcome.