Assessment Only

Applications are now open for the Assessment Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in the Primary and Secondary Key Stages. This route is aimed at experienced graduate teachers who have taught in at least two schools or colleges. For example:

  • A Maintained school (as an Instructor)
  • Further Education College
  • Independent school (including Academies)
  • Any of the above three, as an Overseas Trained Teacher
  • Teaching Assistants in UK schools who qualify as stated below

A candidate must have taught as an unqualified teacher in at least two schools or colleges in the age range for which they wish to achieve QTS prior to submitting their Assessment Only application. It is not sufficient for them only to have had experience of two schools or settings and it must be demonstrated that these experiences prepared the candidate sufficiently to meet the Teachers’ Standards. The requirement is that a minimum of 1500 hours teaching experience has been achieved over the last five years (which equates to between 16-20 hours per week in the classroom). Candidates must be employed by a school, academy or college during the three month period of assessment.

Schools will be required to agree to support applicants for this Assessment Only route by completing the Assessment Only Route Agreement which must be returned to The GUTP along with the application form.
Candidates must pass the Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy before they commence the course.

Phase One: Selection and Initial Needs Assessment Requirements

Joint selection and partnership responsibilities:

Applicants are required to complete the application pack and a fee of £100 is payable for The GUTP to review this. If successful, the school/candidate will be invoiced £425 prior to the pre-assessment interview.

Applicants are required to provide the original certificates as evidence that they have achieved these qualifications:

  • A standard equivalent to a grade C (Level 4) in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics, and that all who are assessed in settings that include pupils aged 5 – 11 additionally have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C (Level 4) in the GCSE examinations in a science subject
  • A Degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification. Where qualifications are attained from overseas a NARIC Statement of Comparability must be provided to support the application
  • Proof of a current DBS must be provided prior to candidates starting the 3 month programme. This will need to be verified by the candidate’s school or college after interview if an offer is made.
  • If you have lived overseas we may require evidence that you have no criminal record in the form of a Certificate of Good Conduct (which is a police records check).
  • Proof of having passed the Literacy and Numeracy Professional Skills Tests.

The Grand Union Training Partnership will assess the content of qualifications submitted as equivalent to GCSE or to a first degree to ensure they meet the requirements.

Assessment /Interview

Once these initial selection criteria are met candidates will be required to attend an initial assessment day in their school. During this assessment day you will:

1. Present evidence that you have Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance
2. Provide evidence that you can meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for health and physical capacity to teach
3. Present evidence that you have negotiated a timetable to demonstrate that Teachers’ Standards may be assessed in two consecutive age ranges
4. Present evidence that you will have taught in at least two schools or colleges and that the partnership school will support this application
5. Be observed teaching in the classroom (joint observation)
6. Attend a joint interview, designed to assess your suitability to teach
7. Provide evidence that you have passed the professional skills tests
8. Provide original copies of certificates (degree and GCSE maths, English and science) unless submitted with the initial application

Age Ranges

Ages 5-7 (school years 1-2)
Ages 7-9 (school years 3-4)
Ages 9-11 (school years 5-6)
Ages 11-14 (school years 7-9)
Ages 14-16 (school years 10-11)
Ages 16-19 (school years 12-13)

Post Assessment /Interview

At the assessment interview you will have demonstrated the potential ability to meet all the standards for QTS without the need for any further training. Assessment will demonstrate your ability to communicate using standard English and read with understanding.

A copy of the Partnership Agreement will be signed by the Employing school and the Grand Union Training Partnership. A final assessment date will be negotiated.

Guidance will be provided on the completion of a portfolio of evidence against the standards. A link tutor from the Grand Union Training Partnership and a School Based Tutor from the partner school will be appointed.

Formal registration with the Department for Education (DfE) will take place once all the conditions have been met and candidates have been enrolled. Information on applicants’ origins, destinations, start and end dates, subject and classification of first degree, and assessment phase and subject will be collected for DfE purposes.

Phase Two: Assessment and Quality Assurance

During the assessment phase (which will last no more than 12 weeks) there will be three further visits by the tutor to the trainee.

Visit One:
a. An observation (by a GUTP director or Subject Leader)
b. A discussion of matters surrounding safeguarding and professional conduct
c. A check on how the applicant will be present evidence against the Standards
d. A check on how the candidate will monitor pupil progress
e. A meeting with the School Based Tutor and professional tutor (if appropriate)
f. A review of the candidate’s subject knowledge via the audits in the Handbook

Visit Two:
a. An observation
b. A check on evidence portfolio
c. A check on monitoring of pupil progress
d. A meeting with the School Based Tutor
e. An update to the candidate’s subject knowledge audits (if required)

The fee for completion of this phase is £1325 and will need to be paid prior to Visit Two taking place.

Visit Three:
This is the Final Assessment. It will include:-
a. An examination and assessment of the evidence portfolio, collected against the Teachers' Standards.
b. Meeting with the School Based Tutor and professional tutor (if appropriate).
c. An observation by a GUTP director.

The remaining fee (£1000) for completion of Phase Two Assessment will be invoiced to the school at this point.

How to Apply

Complete The GUTP Assessment Only application form using the guideline information provided.
The Grand Union Training Partnership will scrutinise your application and references. A decision about your progress to Phase One of the Assessment process will be made.
Please note that the fee for this pre-assessment stage is non-refundable.


Application Review Fee £100
Pre-Assessment Fee £425

Phase Two Assessment Fee:

Payable before Visit Two £1325
Payable after Visit Three £1000

Total: £2850

The GUTP will invoice the school/candidate for all payments. All fees are non-refundable and are payable to The Grand Union Training Partnership: bank account details will be provided.

For an Assessment Only Application Pack, please email Tracey Oakley at

The Grand Union Training Partnership,
Sponne School, Brackley Road, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 6DJ
Telephone: 01327 350284 ext 253.