Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance


Please see below for common FAQs for the Assessment Only Route.  If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us through the Website Enquiry Form.

What if I do not have a degree in my specialist subject (Secondary)? 

If your degree is not within you specialist teaching subject area we are still interested in hearing from you. If you have a good A Level in your specialist subject this is very helpful. We can also consider your KS4 teaching experience, particularly when delivered to high ability groups, accessing subject challenge.

Guidance from NCTL states that: For secondary candidates, providers will need to assess the necessary knowledge and understanding of their subject(s) and related pedagogy.

What if I have only taught in school one setting?  

You must have second school teaching experience before you can apply. Contact us with any specific queries.

Guidance from NCTL states that: The criterion specifies that candidates must have taught in two schools prior to entry to the AO route. It is not sufficient for candidates only to have had experience of two schools. Providers will wish to consider whether a candidate’s prior experience of teaching in school provides enough evidence to allow the provider to confidently count those previous teaching experiences towards the two schools stipulated in this criterion. Providers will need to be clear about the nature and extent of the prior experience, whether it offered candidates the opportunity to teach children and young people and whether, taken together with other experiences, it prepared the candidates sufficiently to meet the standards for QTS. Candidates must show experience of teaching across their chosen age ranges and must be able to demonstrate that they have met all the standards for QTS for these age ranges. Practical teaching experience for the purposes of AO is not restricted to taking place wholly or mainly in England.

What if I only have one year’s experience (or equivalent) of teaching a full timetable? (Primary and Secondary) 

Contact us. We will look at the teaching experience you currently have and work with your school to put together an action plan to secure the required experience moving forward.

Which subjects do you offer AOR? (Secondary) 

We work with candidates in any secondary subject.

Are candidates who have QTLS status eligible for AOR?


Although QTLS status holders can now work in schools as qualified teachers, without needing to hold QTS, they must maintain their QTLS status and membership with the Institute for Learning (IfL) to do so.

Some QTLS status holders may still wish to follow the AO route, but providers should be confident this is the result of an informed decision.

This link might be useful:

 Do you offer AOR for candidates overseas?


If you have a recognised teaching qualification from another country within the European Economic Area or from Australia, New Zealand or the USA it is possible that you might be granted QTS without further assessment. If you think this might include you, apply to the NCTL directly for the award of QTS. If you are unsuccessful in your application, you can apply to complete the AO route to gain QTS.

Candidates need to ensure that they have evidence from NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) that they meet all entry requirements. 

What are the expectations in relation to the Professional Skills Tests?

The professional skills tests are set in the context of the wider professional role of a teacher, and all AO candidates must pass the skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to commencement of assessment period of AOR.

When registering for skills tests, applicants can register for special arrangements. Further guidance on the National Skills tests can be found here.

 What are the fees for AOR?

Please click here to visit the relevant fees page, which has full details on our AOR fees. 

 What are the entry requirements for AOR?

Use our online eligibility checklist to determine whether you are ready to apply for the assessment only route or not.  All eligibility information is explained within the LTSA Guidance and Eligibility document.

AOR is assessed on an individual basis and so if you are unsure if you are suitable for this route, please contact us.

I am ready to apply, what are the next steps?

Please refer to the How to Apply page which contains the application paperwork for AOR.  Candidates apply directly to the LTSA through their school.

The LTSA AOR Guidance and Eligibility document showcases a flowchart (page 2) which helps to explain the AOR process from application to completition.

Any further AOR queries?

Please contact us!  This can be done through the Enquiry form on the website or by contacting:

Miss Emily Wilson, Operations Manager/PA: or 01522 889297