I'm planning to do the AO route and was wondering if anyone has any information/tips/guidance?
Are the skills tests the same as the QTS skills tests for PGCE? Does the AO route require a lot of work or will I be able to do it whilst working fulltime? What's the interview like? Are there any essays/assignments involved for the AO route? Which provider did you go through for your AO route?
Assessment Only Route
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- 09-06-2016 14:19
- 10-06-2016 17:23
Yes, the skills tests are the same. I was able to complete the AO route alongside a full-time teaching post BUT it takes commitment and organisation. You do have to complete a portfolio in the same way as a PGCE candidate to show you have met all standards, which includes (among other things) full lesson plans for each observed lesson, evaluations after each observed lesson, unit evaluations, subject knowledge audits...
The interview was really just a formality. They were friendly and didn't ask anything that I felt was unreasonable, unfair or difficult to answer.
I went through Educators Abroad, as I work in France. Eventually the University of Reading recommended me for QTS.
Do let me know if you have any more questions
- 10-06-2016 18:05
From what I understand AO route is form unqualified teachers or people that have been working in education for several years independently with the assumption that you already have the majority of your portfolio prepared. They literally just help you get QTS
This is one example of requirements (http://www.pilgrim-partnership.org.u...nt-only-route/)
You need a degree.
C or above in Maths, English and Science.
Passed Skills Tests before interview.
Can demonstrate that the evidence from your teaching covers two or more consecutive age ranges
Worcester Uni. require 2 years of previous experience over two schools which includes responsibility for planning, teaching and assessment and teaching your subject specialism.
- 11-06-2016 14:08
Yes, that's right. For the majority of providers it is a minimum of 2 years' experience they require. I had been teaching for 5 years when I embarked on the process in 2013.
- 14-06-2016 00:10
Thank you both for your replies. The course at manchester says 6-12 week assessment but the entire thing is from Jan-May. Any idea what the rest consists of?
Also, how much of the portfolio would you say is recommended to complete before I apply? I have started, trying to fill in what I can.
Thank you x
- 15-06-2016 16:27
I did mine over a full academic year, just to spread it out/give myself more time for observations and to compile my portfolio etc, but you don't have to. I'm guessing Jan-May is a ballpark figure.
You don't need to start your portfolio before applying really. Tbh a fair amount of it is photocopies of things you already do anyway e.g. showing that you keep records of students' marks.
- 15-06-2016 20:27
Thank you x
Does the qualification involve any assignments?
Do you get a classification grade upon completion?
Thank you x
- 16-06-2016 15:25
Only assignments you set yourself, in a way! There are some requirements (e.g. a minimum number of observations in a year, which each involve a follow-up report from you; 2-3 unit evaluations...) but in the end you choose, and end up doing whatever you feel you have to do, in order to prove that you meet the teaching standards. I don't have my whole folder with me now (it lives at my parents' house in the UK ) but just a few examples of things in my folder are a subject knowledge audit, and a 3-page essay reflecting on some education documentaries I had watched.
You don't get a classification - it's just pass/fail.
- 19-06-2016 19:42
Ah, makes sense! Thank you!
So I'm planning to apply for the March-July 2017. I've started the skills test practice online so I can get it over with within the next couple of months and then focus on getting most of my portfolio put together. I was wondering how we know whether we've passed the skills test online? I've doing it from the DFE website but it only gives a percentage and doesn't tell me whether it's enough to pass?
- 23-06-2016 16:53
The average pass mark is 63%. So see how that compares to the percentages you're getting at the moment.
- 25-06-2016 20:27
Ah, brilliant. Thanks