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Assessment Only

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​​​​​​​​​We provide Assessment Only (AO) routes for both Primary Education and Secondary Education candidates leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The route is aimed at experienced practitioners who cover teaching or hold any other unqualified teaching roles in schools. The assessment period is no longer than 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 at the end of 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 two times during the 12 weeks:

Before you start

Following the submission of an application form, candidates who appear to meet the entry criteria will be invited to a Suitability to Teach Interview to provide documentary evidence of meeting the Teachers' Standards from a range of settings.

Suitability to Teach Interview

The interviewer will go through the expectations and requirements. You'll be interviewed, to ensure you are suitable to teach, the expectation being that you can share that you are already confidently operating within the Teachers' Standards. You are then formally registered with the DfE for the assessment period.

Once you're making progress

A verifier will conduct a joint observation with your mentor for QA purposes and will also check your further progress towards evidencing the Teachers' Standards in the production of a progress portfolio.

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. It is expected that your employer will 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
  • 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 area of primary curriculum and GCSE grade C in English, Mathematics and Science or accepted equivalent - please contact Admissions for details).
  • For Secondary QTS: a degree with a significant proportion of the subject you intend to teach and GCSE grade C in English and Mathematics (or accepted equivalent - please contact Admissions for details).
  • Experience teaching in two or more settings or schools. This includes your current place of employment. As a guideline, we would typically 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.
  • 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, 5-9, 5-11, 7-11)
    • 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 £2,500 for the 12 weeks. This total is made up of the:

  • application fee: non-refundable £300
  • £2,200 balance is due after successful Suitability to Teach Interview

How to apply

Candidates are invited to apply throughout the year for immediate consideration. 

Contact Us

Whether you have a question or need more information, you can contact our Admissions Office on +44(0) 113 283 7123 or email us at

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