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​​​​​​​​​We provide Assessment Only (AO) routes for both Primary Education and Secondary Education Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The route is aimed at experienced practitioners, for example, Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) who cover teaching and any other unqualified teaching roles in schools. The assessment period is normally 12 weeks.

Assessment framework

Leeds Trinity University has an assessment framework that ensures participants, mentors and schools are confident in the QTS award. A report is written on the candidate twice during the 12 weeks and this report can also inform an Induction Profile for those going on to an NQT year.

Leeds Trinity verifiers will visit you three times during the 12 weeks:

Before you start

We provide an Induction event here at the University for candidates and their mentors where we explain the requirements for the route.

Once you've started

The verifier will go through the expectations and requirements at the beginning of the 12 weeks. You'll be interviewed and observed to ensure you are suitable to teach, the expectation being that you demonstrate that you are already confidently operating within the Teachers’ Standards.  You are then formally registered with the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL)​ for the assessment.

Once you're making progress

The verifier will conduct a joint observation with your mentor to check your progress towards evidencing the Teachers' Standards.

Once you've finished

The verifier will evaluate the final assessment, compiled by your mentor, at the end of the 12 weeks and successful candidates will be awarded QTS.

Expectations for your employer

It's expected that during the 12 weeks your employer will give you sufficient opportunity to meet the Teachers' Standards. Your employer will need to agree to provide you with:

  • a teaching timetable that will give you the opportunity to demonstrate competence against the Teachers' Standards. This includes the opportunity to work across two consecutive age ranges (primary) age phases (secondary), work with other colleagues and in a pastoral role
  • a mentor to provide support for at least one hour each week
  • adequate feedback on lesson observations, lesson planning and assessment
  • the opportunity to meet the Leeds Trinity verifier on every visit

Entry requirements

To apply you'll need:

  • a reference from your current school indicating that they believe you are already meeting the Teachers' Standards.
  • For Primary QTS: a degree that relates to Education or an a rea of primary curriculum and GCSE (or accepted equivalent) grade C in English, Mathematics and Science
  • For Secondary QTS: a degree with a significant proportion of the subject you intend to teach and GCSE (or accepted equivalent) grade C in English and Mathematics 
  • Experience teaching in two or more settings or schools. This includes your current place of employment. As a guideline, we would expect that you have been working for a minimum of two years in one setting/school and have worked for a minimum of six weeks in the second school/setting.
  • Substantive experience planning for, teaching and assessing whole groups of pupils in both schools/settings. As a guideline we would expect you to have been teaching up to 60% of an NQT's timetable. This varies from school to school but is usually between 12 and 15 hours per week.
  • Primary QTS: within your two school experiences you must:
    • have taught the age range and abilities in which you intend to undertake your assessment (3-5, 5-7, 7-9, 9-11)
    • evidence that you can demonstrate your abilities across the range of Primary Subjects
  • Secondary QTS: within your two school experiences you must:
    • have taught the subject to the age ranges and abilities across two Key Stages for which you intend to gain QTS (11-14, 14-16, 16-19)
    • evidence that you can demonstrate your abilities across the subject you wish to be assessed in
  • successful completion of the QTS skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy
  • a successful DBS check and confirmation that you've never been excluded from working as a teacher or with children
  • suitable personal and intellectual qualities required for facilitating learning and teaching in an early years setting or related school
  • to speak and write English clearly and accurately
  • to meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach

Note: Should your school be in either serious weaknesses or special measures we will only be able to work with you if the improvements to be made do not affect the subject (secondary only) or age range in which you will be assessed.

Fees and finance

AO fees are £2,200 for the 12 weeks. This total is made up of the:

  • application fee: non-refundable £100
  • initial QTS evidence audit: non-refundable £350
  • first verifier visit: £350
  • second verifier visit: £350
  • third verifier visit: £350
  • final assessment, moderation and the award: £700

How to apply

Candidates are invited to apply throughout the year. You can apply for assessment either from November to March or March to July. The annual deadlines for each assessment period are:
  • 14 October for November to March
  • 31 January for March to July
Download the Primary QTS application form 
Download the Secondary QTS application form ​
Once you've completed the relevant application f​orm, please return it via Recorded Delivery to: Admissions, Leeds Trinity University, Leeds, LS18 5HD.

Contact us

Whether you have a question or need more information, you can contact our Admissions Office on +44 (0) 113 283 7123 or admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk.​

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