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the QTS skills tests......why so hard ?

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by philpatjj, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. VeronicAmb

    VeronicAmb Occasional commenter

    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.
  2. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    I see all this person's posts are adverts for his own services: a clear breach of the site's T&Cs.
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  3. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    I hope you weren't helping them with apostrophe usage.
  4. zainabdin1999

    zainabdin1999 New commenter

    Having read through this (quite old) thread, I'm left wondering whether certain people would even get onto a degree course/PGCE seeing as we now have to take the skills tests beforehand. I'm in my last year of college and have the numeracy test today and the literacy test tomorrow in order to be as ready as possible for my interview in a week. The time restraint on the questions weren't too bad for the mental maths section? The timer started counting down from around 1 minute from the moment the woman started speaking in the practise papers.

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