The DfE has today announced it is to replace the existing skills tests on teacher training courses with a new system., according to TES.
School standards minister Nick Gibb has made a written ministerial statement today in which he states: “I am introducing a new approach for assessing the numeracy and literacy of prospective teachers, which will replace the existing skills tests.”
Scrapping the skills tests will not “dumb down” standards, says the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT), the organisation representing scores of teacher training providers, which has campaigned against the tests for a number of years.
In 2017-18, around 3,750 candidates, around 10 per cent of all trainees, failed at least one test.
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