Our Assessment Only Route is an accredited process that enables those graduates who have been teaching for two years to be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in the UK, without the need for further study. We offer in-depth guidance and support, complimented by our Teacher Standards Program, whilst also arranging the vital work placements necessary for success.

We are proud of our 100% pass rate for teachers looking to gain QTS.

The AOR journey with Empowering Learning:

  • Empowering Learning will place you into a school in England as an unqualified teacher.

  • As soon as you start working you will be contacted by our QTS consultant who will arrange their first school visit to start the process

  • You will then start our Teachers Standards Program (TSP), which gives you and underpinning of the 8 Teaching Standards you will be assessed against for QTS

  • If you require your Maths/ Science/ English GCSE, Empowering Learning works with equivalency testing, where you pay a one off fee and take an exam when it suits you – no need to wait until June!

  • You will receive half termly visits until you have met all the requirements to go forward to the University of Sunderland to be accepted onto the AOR program

  • When you are ready (and have met all the requirements) we will help you put your application to the University

  • On acceptance by the University you will go to the University for VIVA interview, where you will be interviewed by a panel to show you meet the 8 Teaching Standards and provide a file of evidence. We will work with you to ensure you have the evidence required

  • 6-12 weeks after the VIVA you will be visited by the University at your school for a final assessment. On successful completion of this, you will gain QTS

Requirements for AOR:

  • You must have two years teaching experience, teaching whole classes of over 16 pupils in two different schools

  • You must hold a Bachelors Degree (or equivalent)

  • You must have at least a C grade in English and Maths GCSE (Primary teachers will also need a C grade for GCSE in Science)

  • You must hold experience across your age range (Key Stages 1 and 2 for Primary, Key Stages 3 and 4 for Secondary)

We’ve been running AOR for over 10 years, providing unrivalled support throughout each candidates journey of theory, training and placement.

QTS Consultants

Our QTS consultants are extremely experienced, made up of a former Primary Head Teacher in London, a PGCE lecturer from UCL and trained Ofsted inspectors. They know exactly what is required to get you your QTS as quickly as possible!

What is the difference between QTS and NQT? What is the Induction period?

When you gain your QTS, you will be classed as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) until you complete an Induction period. This Induction period usually lasts one academic year. This induction period is important for teachers wishing to continue their careers in the UK but also for Irish teachers, as it helps towards gaining your Irish Teaching Council registration.

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