NQT and QTS opportunities

Introduction

A school that has been inspected under the BSO regulations , can:

  • hire and induct Newly Qualified Teachers from the United Kingdom
  • help certain graduate teachers, who do not have a teaching qualification, to qualify for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through the Assessment Only route

Serving the NQT induction period in British Schools Overseas (BSOs)

Changes in the law in September 2012 allowed BSOs which are also in membership of one of the following: BSME, COBIS, FOBISIA or NABSS  to recruit NQTs and support them through their induction year.

Teachers working overseas, who have not previously been able to complete their induction outside of the UK are, therefore, now able to undergo induction overseas, but this must be in association with an Appropriate Body (e.g. a local authority or training school recognised for this purpose or the Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel – ISTIP). Each of the DfE-recognised bodies (BSME, COBIS, FOBISIA and NABSS) has arrangements with one or more ABs, as do some individual schools and can provide more information to NQTs interested in this programme.

AoBSO Conference Sponsor Buckinghamshire Learning Trust, have designed a graphic to help explain the various routes towards QTS: it can be found here:  Routes to QTS with Buckinghamshire Learning Trust

See the following link for information from the UK government.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/induction-for-newly-qualified-teachers-nqts

The Assessment Only Route to Qualified Teacher Status

This recent development allows unqualified, graduate-level staff, in schools that have successfully undertaken a BSO inspection, and are a member of one of the DfE recognised organisations, to achieve QTS through the Assessment Only route.    This must be in association with an “Appropriate Body” (e.g. a local authority; training school recognised for this purpose or the Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel – ISTIP)). Appropriate Bodies can provide the opportunity for experienced staff to undergo an abbreviated induction period lasting, in some instances, as little as one school term.

IPGCE holders

Graduates who also possess the iPGCE qualification, of course, are eligible to apply for the AO route.  As yet, however, the Assessment Only route will not assist those non-graduates who have an international PGCE). The following graphic is useful for potential candidates for the AO route.

Routes to QTS with Buckinghamshire Learning Trust

See the following link for information from the UK government.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-assessment-only-route-to-qts