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QTS Skills Tests Set to Be Scrapped

By QTS Maths Tutor|2019-07-17T07:52:30+00:00July 12th, 2019|Categories: Numeracy Skills Blog|

Do I still need to pass my QTS Skills Test? 

The first urgent thing to make sure you understand is that the QTS Skills Tests have not been scrapped yet and are due to finish after this years entrants have taken the tests. As of July 2019, an official announcement has been made that prospective trainee teachers who are preparing for 2019 entry on to an initial teacher training course still have to pass the tests but after this year the tests will be replaced by initial teacher training assessments. Therefore, if you are looking to start your teacher training course this year, we urge people to continue with your exam preparation to ensure you secure your place. Teacher training providers will not be in a position to accept you on to the course if you have not passed your professional skills tests.

When do you think the QTS Skills Test will be scrapped? 

This has now been confirmed and as of October 2019 the QTS tests will be scrapped so those who are due to start their initial teacher training in 2020 will no longer have to pass these tests, instead initial teacher training providers will roll out internal assessments which are likely to be non-binary, meaning that there will no longer be a pass or fail but instead a system where those who really require support in numeracy and literacy will be provided with it.

Why would they remove the QTS Skills Test? 

The DfE has come under increasing pressure to increase the number of people entering the teaching profession as in recent years application numbers have dropped. In addition to this teacher retention rates are really low which is all contributing to the teacher shortages that many areas of the country are facing. We believe that this is the single biggest reason for scrapping the tests. Other contributing factors are that there have been multiple mistakes by the QTS skills testing providers leading to incorrect results and at this time of year testing centres have had poor availability. The government has also been under pressure from the initial teacher training providers who collectively agree that the QTS skills tests add to their workload and cause additional stress fro applicants which we agree is unarguable. Most agree that the QTS skills tests required reform as they have been poorly managed but we will have to wait until September to see what the DfE guidelines state in terms of replacing them. There are claims that removal of the tests will result in a lowering of the bar for entrants into the teaching profession and that there will be widespread inconsistencies in who gets accepted onto the courses and who doesn’t and without a standardised test it is difficult to see how this isn’t going to be the most likely outcome. Initial teacher training providers will soon be published with guidelines about how to internally assess applicants and it will be how these are implemented and measured that will determine how consistent the new approach is likely to be.

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