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All current teacher trainees are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). All applicants to ITT training are required to pass the skills tests before starting their course. This includes all entrants beginning the Early Years ITT on or after 1 August 2014.
The numeracy and literacy skills tests:
The tests and the questions within them go through a stringent quality assurance procedure involving external panels of representatives from ITT providers, teachers and subject experts. The tests are extensively piloted and the performance of each test is continually monitored.
The Department for Education has developed guidance and support materials to help candidates pass the tests; candidates are strongly advised to review the support material before attempting the skills tests. If any candidate is likely to experience difficulties taking a test and has needs that entitle them to reasonable adjustments, they can apply for special arrangements.
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Information on registering and booking skills tests.
Information about taking the skills tests for trainee teachers.
Information on the literacy skills test for trainee teachers.
Information on the numeracy skills test for trainee teachers.
Special arrangements for candidates with specific needs, for example those who are dyslexic or have a visual or hearing impairment.
Information on results in numeracy and literacy of the skills tests for trainee teachers.
Frequently asked questions on the skills tests for trainee teachers.
An outline of the initial teacher training (ITT) criteria, plus supporting documents.
Online practice professional skills literacy tests for trainee teachers.
Online practice professional skills numeracy tests for trainee teachers.