Changes to the qts skills tests.
From September 2012 new rules will affect the qts skills tests.
Ref: DfE's publication, Training our next generation of teachers: Implementation plan, November 2011.
The TDA will be replaced by the Teaching Agency.
- The skills tests will become entry tests for ITT
- Currently trainees must pass skills tests before gaining qualified teacher status (QTS). This will change so that they become entry tests for teacher training. From September 2012 for trainees who are starting training from September 2013.
- Candidates will be limited to two resits
- From September 2012 for trainees who are starting training from September 2013.
The skills tests will become more rigorous.
To be introduced in September 2013 for trainees who are starting training from September 2014. Meanwhile there will be a higher pass mark for the entry tests between September 2012 and September 2013.
- The ICT test will be removed as a requirement for achieving qualified teacher status from April 2012.
- If you expect to be recommended for QTS after April 2012 you can decide if you wish to take the ICT test.
The literacy and numeracy skills tests will continue to be a requirement for gaining QTS for trainees on courses in the 2011/12 and 2012/13 academic years, after which the tests become an entry requirement.