Assessment Only Route

Are you a graduate employed in a school?

Do you have  enough experience to qualify as a teacher without any training?

Do you have all the requirements listed below?

The AO route was developed for very experienced graduates who can demonstrate meeting all the standards for QTS without teacher training.
There are ‘unqualified teachers’ who may not have QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) but have significant experience of teaching in:

  • independent schools
  • maintained schools
  • as overseas trained teachers (OTT)


As an accredited provider, 2Schools Consortium can award Primary QTS to a person who:

  1. Holds a first degree or equivalent qualification granted by a UK institution or an equivalent degree or other qualification granted by a foreign institution;
  2. Holds a standard equivalent to a grade 4 in GCSE in Maths, English, and Science;*
  3. Has passed the professional literacy and numeracy skills tests.
  4. Has evidence to meet the UK Teachers’ Standards
  5. Has undertaken a period of practical teaching experience of at least 18 months such that it meets the specified Teachers’ Standards across two schools(including Early Years settings);^
  6. Does not require any teacher training
    *please note it is the standard not the qualification that will be taken into account when making decisions about the relevance of the qualification.
    ^please note practical teaching experience for the purposes of assessment only is not only restricted to taking place wholly or mainly in England.

Please apply directly to 2Schools Consortium by completing the application form and emailing it to


All applicants must have passed the professional literacy and numeracy skills tests before they can be accepted onto the AO route.

All applicants must be placed in and be employed by a school at the time of applying- this could be an independent school, a special school or a PRU.

The employing school will submit a safer recruitment checklist to confirm that the necessary employment criteria have been met.

The applicant will attend an interview during which their evidence against the Teachers’ Standards will be discussed and reviewed. Candidates are encouraged to bring an evidence file (school or university based, with photographic, written evidence and tasks and assignments) with them. Examples of evidence are available upon request.

The Head teacher or a member of the School’s Senior Leadership Team from the placement school are required to attend the interview as they hold key information with regards to experience and practice of the AO applicant.

As part of the initial assessment 2Schools Consortium will carry out two lesson observations (one hour each in literacy and maths) with written feedback which will inform the Initial Assessment. Should the provider identify that training may be required, the application will not be taken forward. To ensure the rigour of our assessment 2Schools Consortium may choose to arrange an additional assessment of the candidate in another setting (this could be a different phase or a different school).

Applicants must have spent time teaching in two schools (as specified in ITT criteria 2016, for a minimum of 6 weeks in each) and across the specified primary age range (3-11). Primary assessment will take place across the 3-7, or 5-11 age range. It is at the discretion of the provider whether support is given to applicants to meet this entry requirement (e.g. by helping them to secure a significant second school teaching experience prior to assessing them for acceptance onto the route).

The assessment period will last a maximum of 12 weeks from the registration start date (following initial assessment and observations) to their final assessment.

Contact us for more information.

Financial Implications for Schools

The school must employ the trainee. Schools complete employment process of their trainees.

Fixed costs: Initial Administrative, assessment and quality assurance £500
Selection process (interview and 2 observations) £1,000
Final Assessment (2 observation and files checks) £1,000
Total £2,500
Possible additional costs: Arrangements of second school placement if deemed necessary by 2Schools Consortium £500
2 additional observations (mid through the assessment period) in another phase if deemed necessary by 2Schools Consortium £500
Total with additional costs £3,500

2Schools will only work in partnership with schools which:

  • Are not in special measures, do not have serious weaknesses or are not under notice to improve. Where a school has been graded as ‘requires improvement’ in their latest Ofsted inspection, the appropriateness of the placement will be assessed, to ensure that applicants are placed within a phase where good or outstanding practice can be observed
  • Have effective leadership and management.

Demonstrate a commitment to continuing professional development including:

-Completing documentation and follow prescribed monitoring procedures.

-Releasing the trainee to gain teaching experience in a contrasting setting if necessary.

The Consortium monitors the effectiveness of a school through applicants’ evaluations, Programme Leader visits, reference to Ofsted reports and monitoring of related placement paperwork.

If a school goes into special measures while a trainee is placed at the school, the partnership agreement should be amended to reflect increased monitoring.

STEP BY STEP AO PROCESS (from first to last visit: tipically no more than 12 weeks)

    1. FIRST VISIT to include:
      `Document check (passport, evidence of the right to live and work in the UK; original degree and GCSEs certificates or the equivalent, with NARIC confirmation if applicable;
      `Interview (45min)– panel to include Head teacher of the school and 2Schools Programme Leader;
      `Initial discussion about evidence required;
    2. SECOND VISIT approximately a week later to include:
      `2 joint lesson observations (one hour literacy and maths with feedback from 2Schools staff and applicant’s mentor);
      Should the lessons not meet the Teachers’ Standards at a good or better level, an additional one or two observations may be required.
      `school to complete a safer recruitment checklist and sign a partnership agreement (this will be emailed to the school)
      `Applicant will be collating evidence against the Teachers’ Standards (guidance will be provided)
      `mentor will be providing statements against the Teachers’ Standards to support the applicant. Pro forma will be provided.
    4. .FINAL VISIT (final assessment) to include
      `final evidence check
      ` 2 joint lesson observations (one hour literacy and maths with feedback from 2Schools staff and applicant’s mentor);
    5. 2Schools will award QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) to the applicant and notify school and applicant
    6. As per DfE statutory guidance, applicant will be required to complete an NQT year.
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