All trainee teachers are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). Applicants to ITT courses which start after 1 July 2013 will be required to pass the skills tests before starting their course.
The numeracy and literacy skills tests:
Cover the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge required for teaching. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism;
They do not replace the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement;
They are set in the context of the professional role of a teacher; all questions use real data and information which teachers are likely to encounter; and
are computerised and can be taken at any of approximately 150 test centres throughout the UK.
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