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QTS Direct (Assessment Only)

Course Description

If you currently work in teaching and don't already have Qualified Teacher Status, then make sure you don't miss out on potential job opportunities! We are able to assess suitably qualified and experienced candidates for QTS without the need for any training, completing the process within one term so busy teachers aren't distracted from their work. This course is perfect for unqualified teachers in maintained or independent schools who teach the English curriculum in primary, secondary, middle or Preparatory age ranges.

You'll gain your QTS in your current school via interview, portfolio and assessed practice, using technology to ensure you can participate and receive support no matter where you are based. Our flexible start dates allow you to apply throughout the year, with assessments being carried out in Autumn, Spring and Summer Terms. We are the largest provider of initial teacher training in the UK, so why not take advantage of our straightforward and supportive route to achieve QTS and help advance your career?

Course outline

This route will help you to demonstrate the professional understanding and skills necessary to meet QTS standards, evaluate your current practice and support your continuing professional development.

Graduate destinations

This course is an ideal way to secure Qualified Teacher Status while continuing to teach in your own school. Many very experienced but underqualified teachers find the lack of QTS limits their job prospects, so don't let your career by stopped from under-qualification.

Other admission details

The candidate - To apply you must have:
-Degree or equivalent qualification.
-GCSEs grade C in English and mathematics. Additionally grade C GCSE in science if you are applying for assessment in primary age ranges.
-Substantial experience of teaching. Typically this would consist of two years worth of teaching, i.e. whole-class planning, teaching, assessment and reporting to parents in two or more settings and across two or more consecutive age ranges. Your teaching experience must enable you to demonstrate how you already fully meet the Teachers' Standards without the need for further training or experience. (You may need to undertake additional teaching experience in preparation for your assessment, e.g. in another age range, school, or subject(s).
-We would normally expect a significant proportion of evidence to be recent (within the last 12 months). However, evidence from teaching in a second setting could be older. There are no hard and fast rules about the age of evidence. We will make a professional judgement in individual cases.

To commence your registration on this route you must:
-Provide ID evidence
-Be subject to a DBS enhanced disclosure check and/or any other appropriate background checks
-Submit a medical disclosure form to prove fitness to teach
-Pass skills tests in literacy and numeracy

The school
-To apply your school must provide:
-Head Teacher's agreement that the school will work in partnership with the University of Cumbria to carry out your QTS assessment
-Head Teacher's reference supporting your assessment for the award of QTS
-A named and suitably qualified and experienced mentor to work in partnership with your university tutor to carry out your assessment. Your mentor must be experienced in assessing the Teachers' Standards and your subject and/or age range. If not, your mentor must be assisted by an additional specialist mentor.
-Evidence (e.g. Ofsted report) that the school is in a suitable position to carry out your QTS assessment

Visit the QTS Direct (Assessment Only) page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Candidates must apply with the active support of their sponsoring schools. See course description for further admission details.

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