Hi all. I could really do with some good advice from someone as I am getting myself worked up into a bit of a nervous wreck. Four years ago I gave up a very lucrative career in retail training and development to go back to university and study to become a secondary school English teacher. I sat my access course to HE and achieved a distinction grade. I then did a degree in English Literature and Classical Studies and achieved First Class honours. I applied for my teacher training through Schools Direct for a SCITT salaried position as I am in no position to take another year off from work; adding to that I really think that hands on training is the best way to learn. I sat my professional skills literacy test and passed, however I had difficulty in passing my numeracy test. I failed the first time but then, after a month of non stop revision I passed my numeracy test. I passed my interview for SCITT, was interviewed for 5 different schools and was offered a position with all five. I chose the school that I had had experience days with as I absolutely fell in love with the school and was over the moon when they offered me the position. Now, here is my problem. I sat my GCSE's over 25 years ago. I have moved several times in that time and also worked abroad a number of times so my original certificates have been lost somewhere. Not a problem I hear you cry as I can get old copies through AQA (which is the exam board for the old SEG board). I applied and all my certificates came through except for my maths GCSE and my History and languages. I have been working in my school for three weeks now and even though I have never taught in a classroom in my life I have had complete solo responsibility for my classes from day one - I teach 16 classes out of a 30 class timetable. I am not shadowing or observing these classes, I have been their teacher from day one. The cut off date for UCAS and PGCE funding is the 7th October and while AQA have been working to obtain my maths certificate we are having absolutely no progress. We know I have sat one as I did my A levels. My SCITT leader wants me to sit a maths equivalency test next week with only 2 weeks preparation time. This scares me to death. I know some will sympathise when I say I am absolutely petrified of maths, it is a subject which takes me a long time to grasp and 2 weeks is not enough time for me to sit this test. Because of this I will be kicked off my SCITT course and out of the school where I am currently teaching. As you can imagine this is not only heart breaking for me but my school have been let down and more importantly my pupils have been let down. I have had really good reports about my teaching already. I have been observed by the Head and all members of SLT who have been impressed with my teaching and my methods. I have been allowed to settle into the department and have got involved ( I have started a couple of book club groups and help with the school netball team.) I have two dilemmas - do I give up my course this week and sit this equivalency test in my own time or do I try and appeal this situation to see if we cant reach a compromise. And please, I have been on other forums where I have read some appalling comments from people who say that if you cant sit a basic maths GCSE paper then you should not be a teacher at all, if you cannot sit this paper then you cannot be a good teacher, and other just as offensive comments. I understand basic maths is essential - but surely I proved this by passing my numeracy test? Anyway what I am really asking is that I am in an absolutely terrible situation but I know I will make a really good teacher regardless of not being able to produce a certificate that is almost a quarter of a century old. Do I suck it up, do the test in my own time and reapply next year or do I appeal this situation and highlight the issue that I know many mature students, who have some amazing skills, are facing? Positive comments only please I am not in the mood for sanctimonious lectures about the importance of maths from anybody - as you can well imagine. Thank you all in advance.