N.B. Please also read all the guidance and requirements on the website. The Assessment Only route to QTS is only for those unqualified teachers who are already meeting the Teachers’ Standards. It is NOT a training route.
1. Why should I be interested in gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)?
Gaining QTS will give you parity with other qualified teachers across the country. It will enable you to teach in any school in the country whether an independent school or a maintained state school. It will also allow you to teach at any level.
2. How much experience of teaching should I have?
Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) is requiring at least two years of recent teaching experience as an unqualified teacher, at least 6 months of which must be in your current employing school. If you do not have this experience you should apply for a training route to QTS, such as
PGCE or School Direct. You must already be meeting the Teachers’ Standards at a good or high level. You must be able to demonstrate considerable experience as a teacher in either the primary phase or secondary phase and have fulfilled the whole range of a teacher’s duties.
3. What is the timescale for gaining QTS?
The amount of time that you will need to spend on the pathway will depend on your experience, what evidence you already have and your own commitment. Some people move to final assessment very quickly, others take longer depending on personal circumstances but most people can expect to gain QTS within 6 -12 weeks after registration. Twelve weeks is the maximum time allowed on the pathway.
4. What qualifications do I need?
You must hold a degree and have GCSE (or equivalent) in Maths and English at grade C/grade 4 or above, and Science (if a primary teacher).
For secondary, in order for us to be confident that you have sufficient subject knowledge to enable you to meet the Teachers’ Standards, CCCU would also expect your qualifications and other supporting evidence to reflect suitable expertise in your specialist subject.
5. Are there any other entry requirements?
You must have taught in two schools across the age range in which you wish to qualify: 3-7, 5-11, 7-11, 11-16 or 14-19. Also see point 15 below.
6. What if I can’t find my original GCSE certificates or do not have the relevant GCSEs?
If you have lost your certificates you can apply to the Examining Board for new copies. Make sure you do this straightaway as it can take some time and there will be a fee to pay.
7. What if my qualifications are from overseas?
You must have original copies of your certificates and a NARIC certificate to show that they are equivalent to the required qualifications in England.
8. What if I qualified as a teacher in Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America (USA)?
You may be recognised as a qualified teacher and can apply for QTS in England without undertaking an additional route to QTS. You will still be required to satisfy any UK Visas and Immigration requirements that may apply to you for the purposes of entering or remaining in the UK to work as a teacher. Visit the GOV.UK website for further details.
9. What if I am recognised as a qualified teacher in an EEA member state?
Visit the GOV.UK website for details.
10. What if I have QTLS status?
If you have QTLS status you should automatically be recognised as a qualified teacher in schools in England. You do not necessarily need QTS. Visit the GOV.UK website for further details. You need to have membership of the Education and Training Foundation. This took over from the Institute for Learning, which closed from November 2014.
11. Are there any assessed assignments to be written?
QTS is gained by providing evidence that you have met all of the Teachers’ Standards. Evidence is gained mainly from the day to day work you do as a teacher and from the written reflections showing how you have met, and are continuing to meet the Teachers’ Standards.
12. How much evidence do I need to present?
You will be asked to compile three bundles of evidence (Pupil Progress Bundles) relating to three separate classes that you have taught to demonstrate that you have met the Teachers’ Standards. You will also be asked to demonstrate competence in the classroom at a very high level. You will also need to complete a Record of Pathway. This will be explained if you are successful at interview.
13. Can I use previous teaching materials as evidence?
You will already have evidence that you are currently meeting the Teachers’ Standards in your teaching and your day-to-day role as a teacher. Any evidence which you wish to present should be fairly recent. The University will advise you on this.
14. How often will I be observed by CCCU?
Your CCCU tutor will observe you teaching as part of their assessment procedures at the Initial Visit, the Intermediate Visit and at Final Assessment.
15. Will I have to do a second school experience?
It is a statutory requirement that you should have taught in at least two schools. This is to ensure that you have gained sufficient breadth and variety of experience. One of these schools should normally be a mainstream National Curriculum School. If you have not taught in two schools you must do this before submitting an Application Form. It must be a minimum of six weeks in a block. Further guidance is on the website.
16. Is there a cost?
Yes. The current cost is £3,800. Fees for 2020/21 have not yet been finalised.
17. I think I meet all the requirements for Assessment Only. What should I do next?
Make sure you have read all the essential information and requirements on the website. If you think you fulfil the criteria, you should complete an Application Form and your school should complete a Required Information Form and send them to the Admissions Department. These documents are on the website.
18. I don’t meet the requirements, can you advise me further?
Other options for you at Canterbury Christ Church are explained on our website. Other useful information can be found on the Department for Education’s Get into Teaching website.