Qualified Teacher Status is the United Kingdom’s professional accreditation for teaching. It is often required by schools in the UK. The University of Buckingham is one of the leading providers of QTS.
The Assessment Only Route is a fast-track route (with a 12-week assessment period) to gain Qualified Teacher Status. It is aimed at teachers with two or more years’ teaching experience or those who have completed the International or Independent PGCE with the University of Buckingham, and who require no further training in order to demonstrate that they are meeting all Teachers’ Standards.
Applications are welcome from teachers, who do not hold Qualified Teacher Status, currently teaching in a school in the UK or abroad, providing they meet the necessary criteria. Schools may be state-maintained or independent. International schools abroad must be following the English national curriculum or the International Baccalaureate.
Assessment Only candidates may apply for a September, January or April start date although start dates for the assessment period itself are flexible.
The AO Route consists of three Assessment Processes. The first is an assessment of the candidate’s application, which may include a request to supply additional information. Once a candidate is accepted onto the route, they will undergo two assessment days in their school. The Initial Assessment Day will judge whether the candidate is likely to meet all of the QTS Teachers’ Standards within a maximum 12 week period without any further training. The Final Assessment Day will take place within 12 weeks from the Initial Assessment and will determine whether the candidate meets all of the Teachers’ Standards.
In order to assess many of the criteria for the award of QTS, during the initial assessment day the Tutor will interview the candidate, hold meetings with the candidate’s line manager, mentor and the school’s professional tutor, conduct at least 3 lesson observations and will scrutinize the candidate’s planning, marking, report writing and professional development. The candidate will also be required to produce a Teaching & Learning File (TLF). This serves as a portfolio of evidence in support of the candidate’s application for passing the Teachers’ Standards. The file is used by the candidate to showcase evidence over time in meeting the Teachers’ Standards.