The professional skills tests (skills tests) for prospective teachers assess the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge needed for teaching. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism.
All applicants to ITT courses must pass the skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and additionally the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy must be passed before a trainee can begin their teacher training.
The skills tests:
- are in addition to the GCSE grade C or grade 4 equivalence entry requirement
- are set in the context of the professional role of a teacher
- assess the use of real data and information which teachers are likely to encounter
- are computerised and can be taken at learndirect skills test approved test centresthroughout the UK
- go through a stringent quality assurance procedure
- are extensively piloted and the performance of each test is regularly monitored
The Department for Education (DfE) has developed guidance and support materials to help candidates pass the literacy and numeracy tests; candidates are strongly advised to review the support material before attempting the skills tests. If any candidate is likely to experience difficulties taking a test and has needs that entitle them to reasonable adjustments, they can apply for special arrangements.
Some numeracy test support material can be located HERE
Some literacy test support material can be located HERE
You can book your skills test HERE
All of our SCITT training places may lead to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Masters credits awarded through the University of Worcester. If you want to find out more about the University of Worcester click HERE