I'm a parent of 2, one in secondary school and the other still in primary school. Now, obviously when it comes to primary education, I would be worried if my daughter was being taught by a teacher who didn't have efficient Maths and Literacy skills. But on the other hand, when it comes to secondary school, I really couldn't care less if my son's English teacher wasn't that good at maths. I'm an English teacher and Subject Leader English and to be honest, I don't use maths that much (only when analysing data, adding up marks) that's pretty when I use it. When I wasn't a SL, all I used maths for was to add up marks - that's it. I believe these Skills Test is unnecessary & useless to secondary school teachers. You teach in secondary school to specialise in your subject you chose to do at degree level, not to take a skills test and be defined by your capability of not knowing a subject, other than your specialism. In my opinion, yes, it's essential to a certain degree to have *fundamental* skills in both English and Maths, but not to a degree that, if; you fail it twice, you have to wait - what is it, 1-2 years before you can reapply to do it again? I think the education system is just being asinine. Then again, I wasn't all that good at maths. But I just think it's unfair because I know how the recipient is feeling. Maths wasn't my strong point and HONESTLY, in all my 14 years of teaching English from KS3 to KS5 English Language and/or Literature, I have never used maths in any of my lessons. Ever. You take the skills tests to enable you to be a teacher (hence inside a school and not out.) Therefore, the skills test should test your skills that will be put to good use IN a school.