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What a mess

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by kanddd, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. I have signed up for Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools.
    I already have level 2 in literacy and numeracy and have been told I have to take the test again as my certificate is 'out of date' I have just signed on with Learn Direct. I did the starter pack in both, answering questions to find my level, which came out as a high level 2. I have been told because I am at that level I will not get government funding to resit the test.
    Where do I go from here. I am not actually willing to pay to resit the test that I have already done. I am worried that I will have to pay towards the qualification I am now not able to get because I have a certificate that is out of date.
    What a mess
  2. Sorry but I don't really see the problem. The government (as mush as I dislike them) don't owe you anything. If you want to do the course, bite the bullet and pay for the tests. If I remember rightly they are not expensive.
  3. legoearth

    legoearth New commenter

    I think the point of the OP was that she already has the level of knowledge and a qualification to support it. The fact that the certificate is 'out of date' is ridiculous! What happens? Do we all suddenly forget how to read and write when 'time's up'? I'm not sure what the answer is but I do think it's a silly situation. Obviously if you are not up to scratch you will fail the course, if you are up to it you prove two points, one that you didn't need to pay for a re-sit certificate and two that you have the standard to pass. Don't know where the 'government doesn't (don't)owe you anything' comes from? Good luck,hope it all works out!
  4. I am sorry that TAWren has taken exception to the fact that I already have reached the standard. When you apply for a job you are asked to be at the standard of level 2. You are not asked how long you have had the qualification. I have signed up for the course. I need the qualification to get through the course. If I do not continue the course I will have to pay a fee. I did not ask to go on the course, I was 'advised' to.
  5. I did not take exception at all, I merely gave my opinion. I know quite a few others in your position and they have accepted the rules and got in with it. I don't particulrly like the rules either but that is life we have to like it and get on with it or lump it. Life is not fair. That's life. It was not a personal thing at all, even if you chose to take it as such.
  6. I rather agree with kanddd and legoearth that the certificates being 'out of date' is absurd. It makes me tremble for my very elderly GCE (yes, that old) passes in maths and English.
  7. ROFL, Maizie!
  8. I doubt very much that it is really necessary to take the two tests again if you already have them. I think it has probably only been mentioned because whoever told you that will benefit in some way if you do resit them. I have been 'encouraged' to take these tests myself, despite already having qualifications of at least that standard. I think whoever told you that is just trying to gain points for themselves somewhere along the line.
  9. You're OK maizie. GCE's are still accepted! Confused now?
  10. I think you having to take the tests again is absolutely ridiculous. I bet my bottom dollar that there is money to be gained by the college somewhere. They shouldn't be allowed to get away with it. What a waste of your time and money.
  11. Thanks for your support. Think I will go and talk to Head. See what he has to say.

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