Teachers can now fail multiple English and maths tests before entering job in effort to ease recruitment crisis, minister announces

The Independent reports that would-be teachers will get an unlimited number of attempts at passing compulsory numeracy and literacy skills tests needed to enter the profession, education minister Nick Gibb said. 

Candidates who failed the entry test three times in a row were previously stopped from retaking the assessment for two years. And those resitting the skills test for the second and third time will no longer have to pay to retake the assessment.

The changes to the test – which was made more rigorous in 2012 to ensure teachers had high standards of English and maths – have been introduced to boost the number of capable trainees entering teaching. 

It comes after Ucas figures released last month showed applications for teacher training had dropped by 29 per cent compared with the same time last year.

Nick Gibb said: “The bar for entrance to the teaching profession remains as high as ever, as parents and pupils would expect, and this is evidenced by the fact that the quality of new entrants into the profession is at an all-time high, with 19 per cent of this year’s cohort holding a first-class degree.”

James Noble-Rogers, Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers (Ucet) executive director, said: “This is a sensible and pragmatic move. It will allow potentially good teachers who would otherwise have been kept out of the profession to begin their training.”

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