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Assessment Only Route To QTS

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Matthew187, Mar 2, 2017.

  1. Matthew187

    Matthew187 New commenter

    Hi everyone,
    I am currently writing a website for teachers working abroad and for those unqualified how to go about getting qualified. I am also looking into doing it myself. I came across this Assessment Only Route To QTS and was wondering if anyone has done this? Also If anyone has done this with just overseas experience and a ten day placement. I would be interested to know as well what time of school qualifies, for example I would imagine an international school, like IB maybe would hold higher credit than a public school but maybe not?

    I have received information from one of the Universities but I would just like to check to see that everything is correct and I have no misunderstood anything. https://www.thelaoshi.com/assessment-only-route-to-qts

    Any feedback would be very useful, either on here or in private(uklaoshi@gmail.com)
  2. emilystrange

    emilystrange Star commenter

    if you want to hold any sort of QTS worth holding, you need to be doing the classroom practice in your training. otherwise, when you start a job, you're going to have a very large shock.
  3. Matthew187

    Matthew187 New commenter

    I intend to stay working abroad, especially after reading some of the comments here about working conditions in the UK. I would be doing this just to get it on my c.v, obviously it would be a great experience so really I am looking for the fastest/cheapest route to QTS.
  4. emilystrange

    emilystrange Star commenter

    QTS is NOT something you do just to get on your CV. It's hard work requiring a lot of time and effort. If you find a course which allows for none of this and lets you get away with minimal time in school, it simply isn't worth having. You need experience in the classroom and to be assessed on your teaching practice. A ten day placement will NOT prepare you for ANY teaching post, academically or emotionally.
    If you're not going for a teaching post, please, just don't bother. You're wasting your time and money doing it this way.
  5. Matthew187

    Matthew187 New commenter

    I am already teaching in an international school as a teacher, so I am not relying on a ten day placement, I have 3 years of experience teaching. Also I am currently doing a PGCEi.
    Why do we have qualifications, other than to show someone that we have achieved a certain standard....
    By I am wasting my time if I try it this way, is that because you think I would fail?
    Sometimes QTS is required for work permits etc. Have you any experience working abroad? Things in other countries are not as strict as the UK.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2017
  6. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    QTS isn't even required to get a teaching post in academies and since academies have largely taken over state education QTS has even less value.

    If you want to enhance your CV there must be better options then QTS to consider.
  7. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Very professional-looking website!

    Could be OK. Could be as kosher as a sausage bap with a side-order of pork scratchings.

    Is it legit?
    Laphroig likes this.
  8. peggylu

    peggylu Star commenter

    Well said. Why is it assumed that teaching is something that doesn't need a proper training and induction period.
    grumpydogwoman, Laphroig and InkyP like this.
  9. Matthew187

    Matthew187 New commenter

    All the information I have posted I have had confirmed by speaking to universities and department of education. However I don't know anyone who has actually done it that way, which is why I am here trying to find out
  10. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    Looking at it you need to be employed by a school. Would a school want to take you on for just a term to get you through the course? I suspect that you are slightly misunderstanding it. To me it looks like a route for someone with previous experience who is already working in a school.
    peggylu likes this.
  11. Matthew187

    Matthew187 New commenter

    Yes I suspect you are correct, which is why you may have to volunteer for the 3 months or I guess if you were going to work abroad you could always break you contract and disappear, of course I would not encourage this behaviour as I know how disruptive this could be.
  12. emilystrange

    emilystrange Star commenter

    in any case, spending ten days in a school wouldn't give you much idea of the structures, routines, reasons, whys and wherefores of anything. or prepare you for the horror of having your own class ;)
    Laphroig likes this.
  13. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    The normal government approved route is through at least two years at a UK based school with experience at another UK based school (I think it only applies to Wales and England). My outside of the UK experience didn't at all. Furthermore, you will need to have your educational qualifications checked by NARIC (that they are similar to the UK), take the skills tests and oh, show Maths and English at GCSE level C.

  14. Matthew187

    Matthew187 New commenter

    Yes that is what I thought, but I rang them up got some information and then spoke to some of the universities who told me a ten day placement would be fine. I have also read that some of the universities specify uk school where as others don't so maybe this is because some do or some do not... Thanks for the heads up though I will check more thoroughly.
  15. henryfgold1

    henryfgold1 New commenter

    I have only taught in Switzerland and Spain, never in the UK and won't be returning there soon. I'll have QTS later this year...

    There is a way of obtaining QTS by Assessment Only, commonly known as AO QTS. I applied to the ***, I spoke to them on the phone and the Dean of the Eduction department has approved my application.

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    The main criteria are that you have taught in at least two schools for at least two years in total. It is designed for experienced teachers who want to obtain QTS without having to go through the traditional two year UK route. Many British universities offer AO QTS but most require that candidates currently teach in the UK. [This comment/section/image has been removed for breaching our Community Guidelines/Terms and conditions].

    The longest you can take to complete the course is 12 weeks, though when I spoke to them on the phone, they said 6-8 weeks was much more likely.

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