Assessment Only Route – Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to pass the Skills Tests?

You will need to pass your skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy before being recommended for QTS.

How long will I have to complete the assessment?

You will have 3 months from being registered with the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Will I be paid?

Your school may continue to pay your salary.  The cost of the assessment can be met by either yourself or your school or a combination of both.

What are the consecutive age ranges?

Ages 3-5 (Foundation stage)
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)

Will I be exempt from Induction?

No, all Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) must successfully complete induction to continue teaching in a maintained or non-maintained special school.  The statutory induction period (normally 3 school terms) combines an individualised programme of professional development with assessment against the Teachers’ Standards.


Do I need to find my own school?

For our SCITT and School Direct programmes, we will place you in, at least, two schools during your training period.

For our Assessment Only route, you must be employed already by a school. For further information on this route, please visit our Assessment Only page.

Am I eligible for the Assessment Only route?

Please visit our Assessment Only page for eligibility and other information.

Which schools will I work in?

Please visit our Partner Schools page to see which schools we work with.

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