Fears skills test delays will deepen recruitment crisis

The TES is reporting that teacher training providers say system could lose hundreds of recruits because they have not been able to sit skills test

Teacher training providers are warning that the system risks losing hundreds of teachers because students have been unable to take a skills test they need to start training.

Students need to complete the skills test before they can begin initial teacher training. However, there are reports that candidates have been unable to book appointments to sit it.

Teacher training bosses warn the situation could add to the country’s recruitment crisis if students are prevented from starting their courses.

James Noble-Rogers, executive director of the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers, said: “This is a growing problem and I am getting almost daily emails about it from providers who are concerned that they cannot get candidates through this process before the course starts. 

“It appears there is a lack of capacity in the system and the Department for Education needs to take action urgently to deal with this. Universities have offered to help them to set up additional test centres.

“Alternatively, the DfE needs to relax the requirement that candidates need to pass this test before they begin their courses. In the longer term, they need to look at the reform of these tests, which cost £25 million a year to run. There is no reason why literacy and numeracy tests couldn’t be done during the course at a much lower cost to the taxpayer.”

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