Calls for reading and basic maths tests for new teachers.

The Scotsman reports that trainee teachers should be made to sit new tests in numeracy and literacy before being allowed in the classroom, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson has said. 

It comes after a “damming” new report yesterday raised fresh concerns about the lack of time devoted to these “basic” disciplines on teacher training courses in Scotland. Student teachers on a four-year degree course can spend as little as 44 hours on numeracy and 48 hours on literacy, a new analysis of initial teacher education (ITE) courses found.

The issue was thrust into the spotlight last week when trainee teachers told MSPs at Holyrood their training did not give them the basic maths skills to educate primary seven pupils. .

Teacher trainees should have to sit literacy and numeracy tests at the start and end of their course, according to Ms Davidson’s plan, which also calls for the creation of a new independent inspectorate to be established to carry out “rigorous quality checks.” 

Education Secretary John Swinney said: “It is essential all teacher education programmes are of the highest quality. They must deliver appropriate content for literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing, as well as data literacy and equality, across both the primary and secondary sectors.”

Read more Calls for reading and basic maths tests for new teachers. 

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