Parkstead Drive, Harpurhey, Manchester, M9 5QN

North Manchester ITT Teaching Partnership

Call: 0161 202 8989


The QTS Assessment Only Route is designed for graduates employed as an unqualified teacher with considerable experience of teaching in at least two schools or settings and the evidence to demonstrate teacher standards at least a ‘good’ standard. The route does not include any training; the candidate must be ready for assessment at application. The Assessment Only Route allows you to be assessed for QTS in England.

The length of the process is usually no more than 3 months. Start and end dates are negotiated with candidate, school and NMITTP.

The fee, outlined below, must be paid by the candidate or the supporting school. This can be paid in two instalments or as a lump sum at the start of the assessment but QTS will not be recommended to the TRA until the fee is paid in full to NMITTP.

 The fee covers application assessment and evidence advice, initial assessment visit, interim visit if needed and final assessment day.



Preliminary assessment *(optional) Application assessment and evidence advice.


This cost will be added onto the £1000 charged for the first visit.


1st visit –  Initial assessment visit


Note: You will still be charged the total amount of £1000 for first visit even if teaching & evidence is judged to be not up to standard and you have not taken the opportunity to complete a preliminary assessment.


Interim  visit (Decision made by NMITTP)


2nd visit – Final assessment visit


  • The maximum fee NMITTP will charge you is £2,500 which would include the preliminary assessment & evidence advice; interim visit; 1st assessment and 2nd assessment fees. *(NOT INCLUDING ASSESSOR TRAVEL EXPENCES)


  • Cost for assessment visits 1 and 2 and either a preliminary assessment  or an interim visit is £2250 *(NOT INCLUDING ASSESSOR TRAVEL EXPENCES)


  • The minimum you will pay is £2000, this is both assessment visits 1 and 2 which is compulsory for QTS to be awarded. *(NOT INCLUDING ASSESSOR TRAVEL EXPENCES)

*We do accept applications form international schools and fees are negotiable. It should be noted that there is no Government funding to support the Assessment Only Route.


Those who wish to gain the qualification through the Assessment Only Route might include very experienced graduate teachers without QTS who have experience of teaching the across the required age and ability ranges in two schools/settings, and:

  • are currently employed as an unqualified teacher within a school (at least 2 years);

  • are trained to teach in a country other than England

  • have GCSE or equivalent in english and mathematics (secondary); english, mathematics and science (Primary) at least grade C (or equivalency);

  • have successfully completion of both key skills tests

  • have a first honours degree (all classes) and/or a higher degree

  • have original evidence of meeting all safeguarding compliance

  • have evidence of teaching in at least 2 schools

  • have experience and evidence in the following age phases: Primary - 3-7, Primary - 5-11, Secondary - 11-16


  1. Candidates should discuss the route and fees with their headteacher.

  2. Ensure that all of the above criteria is met and evidenced by original documentation.

  3. Complete pre-application

  4. Complete full application form - if application is accepted then the first payment must be paid To NMITTP.

  5. Prepare the evidence portfolio and training needs analysis prior to visit 1.

  6. Visit 1

  7. Decision made whether to continue, delay and a decision as to whether an interim support visit is needed.

  8. Visit 2 - final assessment day.

  9. Final payment paid to NMITT.

  10. Candidate is recommended for QTS to TRA.

Pre-Application Process Defined

Candidates should discuss the route and fees with their headteacher

School Agrees to Proceed

No - candidate can finance the route themselves with the headteacher's support

Ensure that all of the above criteria is met and evidenced by original documentation

Not in place - do not apply until all is in place; including original documents

All in Place

Complete application - if application is accepted then the first payment must be paid to NMITTP

Application rejected - no payment necessary