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Passing the Professional Skills Tests for Trainee Teachers and Getting into ITT



January 2013 | 192 pages | Learning Matters
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If you are applying to teacher training in England, you must pass your Professional Skills Tests for Trainee Teachers before you can start your training.

This is your guide to how to prepare for, approach and succeed in the Professional Skills Tests for Trainee Teachers. It takes you through how the tests work and includes hints and tips on what to expect and how to respond. It offers clear and concise guidance on revision and examples of questions so you can prepare for the tests and pass.

Also included is essential information on teaching and schools, knowledge of which may help you pass the tests, and information on how to successfully apply to Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in England.

Written by authors who have written questions for the test themselves, and published by Learning Matters, this is your essential guide to the Professional Skills Tests for Trainee Teachers.

Bruce Bond has been involved in writing, editing, observing, reviewing and trialling the QTS Literacy Skills Tests for over 10 years. He has also been closely associated with the national development and evaluation of the Initial Teacher Training pilots in invidividual learning plans, mentoring, and teaching observation and practice. Bruce has over 30 years of experience teaching English and literacy in SEN, primary, secondary and further education sectors and is now an educational consultant and author of literacy assessments.

Jim Johnson is an Honorary Fellow of Nottingham Trent University where, until his retirement, he led the English team in the Department of Primary Education.

Mark Patmore was until recently a senior lecturer in mathematical education in the Department of Education at Nottingham Trent University. He is an Associate of the AlphaPlus Consultancy and has written for the QTS Numaracy Skills Test.

Nina Weiss has worked in education for over 30 years. Since 2008, she has been authoring and editing the QTS Literacy Skills Tests. Nina currently teaches English and adult literacy at City and Islington College and is an external examiner for teacher training courses at the University of Greenwich and the Institue of Education, London.

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the following contributors who responded to questions on applications and interviews to ITT, and shared their thoughts and comments, for the final chapter.
Doreen Challen, Primary PGCE Tutor, Southampton Education School
Jean Conteh, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, University of Leeds
Richard English, Programme Director for the Primary PGCE Course, University of Hull
Suzanne Horton, Senior Lecturer in Primary Initial Teacher Education, University of Worcester
Angela Major, Principal Lecturer in Education, University of Roehampton
Ceri Roscoe, Assistant Head of Primary Programmes with particular responsibility for the BA Primary Education, Manchester Metropolitan University
Debbie Simpson, Interim PGCE Primary Programme Leader, University of Cumbria

The numeracy glossary is reproduced courtesy of the TA - Teaching Agency for Schools.
Permission to reproduce TA copyright material does not extend to any material which is indentified as being the copyright of a third party or any photographs. Authorisation to
reproduce such material would need to be obtained from the copyright holders.
The publishers would like to thank the TA for permission to use the audio icon. This has been taken from the practice Literacy Skills Test on the TA website www.education.gov.uk and is the copyright of the Teaching Agency.
 
Introduction: It's All about Teaching and Schools
 
The Literacy Skills Test
 
The Numeracy Skills Test
 
Teacher training, Applications and Interviews
 
Literacy Glossary
 
Numeracy Glossary

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Mrs Sarah Barton
School of Education, Portsmouth University
May 19, 2015

A valuable assett in preparing students for interview in an ever more competitive employment environment.

Mr Tim Palazon
Cardiff School of Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University
June 12, 2014

This is an excellent resource for students who need to pass their skills tests.

Mrs Maureen Judge
Faculty of Education Ormskirk, Edge Hill University
April 28, 2014

As a team of teacher trainers we have fully endorsed this set of books that set out to support the beginner teacher in passing these imperative government skills tests. Without this support they are on their own.
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Mr Rob Tweats
Education Division, Keele University
February 25, 2014

This really helps students confront their fear of these tests with confidence. The material both supports sessions in college and independent study offering clear explanation and plenty of practice examples.

Mr John Backwell
Department of Educational Studies, Goldsmiths College
January 22, 2014

The Post Compulsory PGCE does not currently require applicants to take/ pass professional skills test - however, there is a growing requirement for FE teachers to embed functional skills in the pedagogy and so the book (in offering advice on passing the skills tests) presents lots of really valuable information on the skills required and the practise tests offers a good opportunity to self-test and access information and guidance on areas that need development.
I have requested our library orders multiple copies.

Ms Clare Winder
Teacher Training, Myerscough College
November 22, 2013

Really useful book and helped the trainees with the requirements for the new skills tests.

Mrs Dawn Hewitson
Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University
November 22, 2013

Although an excellent book, the content did not match the requirements of the course closely enough

Robert Farquhar
Education Department, Peterborough Regional College
October 21, 2013

we have shown this to prospective applicants to our courses at both open days and at interview and they have subsequently told us how useful it was.

Mrs Pauline Palmer
Institute of Education Didsbury, Manchester Metropolitan University
October 9, 2013

This is a useful text to support the professional skills tests for those students that will sit the tests pre and post entry

Mrs Sarah Hindmarsh
School of Education (Clifton), Nottingham Trent University
June 14, 2013

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Bruce Bond

Bruce Bond has been involved in writing, editing, observing, reviewing and trialling the QTS Literacy Skills Tests for over 10 years. He has also been closely associated with the national development and evaluation of the Initial Teacher Training pilots in individual learning plans, mentoring, and teaching observation and practice. /par1/After attending Goldsmiths and Rolle College in the late 1960s, he built up over 30 years of experience teaching English and literacy in the SEN, primary, secondary and further education sectors before becoming an educational consultant and author of literacy assessments. /par1//par1/Since 2000 other... More About Author

Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson is an Honorary Fellow of Nottingham Trent University where, until his retirement, he led the English team in the Department of Primary Education. More About Author

Mark Patmore

Mark Patmore was until recently a senior lecturer in mathematical education in the Department of Education at Nottingham Trent University. He is an Associate of the AlphaPlus Consultancy and has written for the QTS Numeracy Skills Test. More About Author

Nina Weiss

Nina Weiss has worked in the secondary, further education and university sector for over 30 years, delivering teacher training programmes and teaching English language and literature courses ranging from basic skills to advanced level. Since 2008 she has also been authoring and editing the QTS Literacy Skills Tests. Nina currently teaches English and adult literacy at City and Islington College and is an external examiner for teacher training courses at the University of Greenwich and the Institute of Education, London. Prior to this she was course leader for the Post-Compulsory PGCE programme at the Cass School of Education, University of... More About Author

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