Criteria and supporting advice for accredited providers wishing to offer the assessment only route to qualified teacher status (QTS).


Assessment only route to QTS: criteria and supporting advice



The assessment only route to qualified teacher status (QTS) allows teachers to demonstrate that they already meet all the QTS standards, without the need for any further training. Teachers need to present detailed evidence and their teaching is assessed in a school by an accredited and approved provider.

This guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) is for:

  • accredited ITT providers and their partner schools
  • Ofsted

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Published 8 August 2013
Last updated 22 January 2021 + show all updates

  1. Removed references to being prohibited to teach in another country of the European Economic Area (EEA) and the Teacher Services System. Added links to Changes to checks for EU sanctions on EEA teachers and Recruit teachers from overseas.

  2. We have updated the ‘candidate assessment’ advice to explain what should happen when candidates’ progress on the Assessment Only (AO) route to QTS is interrupted as a consequence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

  3. Changes to reflect the change in rules on skills tests.

  4. Updated criteria and supporting advice.

  5. Updated assessment only criteria supporting advice document

  6. Updated supporting advice.

  7. Updated assessment only criteria and supporting advice.

  8. Updated contact information

  9. First published.