The Information below provides information on initial requirements, how to apply, selection and fees.
With effect from September 2011, the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) introduced an additional route to gaining QTS. The Assessment Only Route (AOR) does not require a period of training and is ideal for experienced secondary and primary teachers from the UK or overseas who have taught in a school but do not currently have QTS. (Note: Overseas Trained Teachers who require rapid assessment or have passed the ‘four-year rule’ are eligible to apply but would still be required to undertake induction).
It is important that applicants understand the requirements for the AOR to QTS in relation to Initial Teacher Education (ITE) pathways into teaching. For that reason, potential applicants to the University of Winchester will receive a school based preliminary visit (Preliminary Stage) and a selection interview and observation to ascertain suitability (Selection Stage), before being formally enrolled on the Assessment Stage of this route.
Prior to starting this route, it is essential for the applicant to self-assess their viability by considering the requirements (laid out below) and the evidence they can provide from their experience in meeting the Teachers Standards. It must be understood that successful completion is not guaranteed at any stage. If the applicant reaches the Assessment Stage they will be assessed through a process including assessment meetings, lesson observation and evaluation of their Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) of evidence against the Teacher’s Standards.
Fees and Stages
The overall fee for the Assessment Only Route is £2500 for schools and settings within a 50-mile radius of the University. An additional fee is charged if further travel is required.
This can be broken down to the programme stages as follows:
- Preliminary Stage; preliminary visit and Professional Development Portfolio: £50
- Selection Stage; interview, observation and school visit including feedback: £450
- Assessment Stage; enrolment followed by two school-based observational visits (interim and final) with feedback: £2000.
- If required, an additional visit can be requested at any stage at an additional cost of £350.
Invoicing for the fees will normally be undertaken after the interim assessment has been completed and before the final assessment. However, where there is a need to interrupt the programme they can be staged as shown above, allowing the applicant sufficient time to reflect on each stage and work their way through the process with confidence, returning to the programme at a later point.
For this route, following successful Preliminary and Selection Stages, it is expected applicants will be enrolled on the Assessment Stage for a minimum of six weeks and no longer than three months. The timescale is individually assessed and designed to ensure applicants have time to provide sufficient opportunities to gather evidence for all the Teacher’s Standards.
In order to be considered for this route the applicant must fulfil all of the following requirements.
1. Eligibility requirements
- Hold a UK first degree or equivalent qualification (NARIC checked in the case of overseas qualifications) Secondary applicants are required to have 50% of the subject they wish to teach in their degree
- Have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade C in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics. Anyone wishing to be assessed in settings that include pupils aged 3-11 must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examination in a Science subject (NARIC checked in the case of applicants with overseas qualifications). We accept equivalency tests by Equivalency Testing : www.equivalencytesting.com. Please note; qualifications in Adult Numeracy and Adult Literacy are not regarded as equivalent to GCSE.
- Have been subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure, undertaken through the school which signs the partnership agreement, and can provide the date and number of the full disclosure
- Have met the Secretary of State’s requirements for health and physical capacity to teach.
2. Suitability requirements
- Be able to demonstrate that they have taught sufficiently in at least one of the following types of settings. The expectation for sufficient teaching experience is at least 120 days and evidence against the Teachers Standards is required in two different schools or settings.
• A maintained school (including special schools and pupil referral units)
• A non-maintained special school
• A City Technology College
• A City College for the Technology of the Arts
• An Academy
• An independent school
• A further education institution
• Sixth form college
• Other institution
Note: Applicants with experience in a single education sector may be advised to gain wider experience to demonstrate appropriate evidence against the Teacher’s Standards.
- Be able to demonstrate that they can meet the Teacher’s Standards across two or more consecutive age phases.
The age phases are;
• 3-5: Early Years Foundation Stage
• 5-7: Years 1–2
• 7-9: Years 3-4
• 9-11: Years 5-6
• 11-14: Years 7-9
• 14-16: Years 10-11
• 16-19: Years 12-13.
- Have the full backing of their school, which will provide mentor support and the environment to undertake the appropriate assessment. Please note; a signed school partnership agreement is a mandatory as part of selection.
- Have successfully completed the NCTL QTS Skills Tests.
- Have the intellectual and academic capabilities needed to meet the required Teachers Standards.
- Possess the appropriate qualities, attitudes and values expected of a teacher.
- Be able to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in standard English.