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

Second Edition


April 2015 | 224 pages | Learning Matters

"I found this book very informative. It is clearly set out and the chapters are clear. I particularly liked how you can test yourself on all areas then check the answers along with an explanation. At the end of the book is a honest account from someone who completed their QTS and I enjoyed reading this." Stephanie Kane, Teacher Training Candidate


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I will recommend this book because it is up to date and because it covers both literacy & numeracy skills tests. It explains coherently what the tests are for. It shows how rigorous they are and why they are important - showing how they impact practice even if not in the trainee's specialist area. Everything a potential ITT trainee needs to know is covered. and shows it is more than just about passing the tests. There are good practice questions. IN a nutshell - everything a trainee needs is here!"
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Mrs Sarah Barton, School of Education, Portsmouth University


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.

Written by authors who have written questions for the test themselves, 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.

This second edition has been updated with added practice questions, and a new chapter with trainee and tutor profiles giving you up-to-date and focused insight into how to get into teacher training, and what it's like to complete the course.

How to use this book
The first chapter in this book will help you understand the context of the skills tests and direct you to useful sources where you can conduct your own research into schools and education. Having a familiarity with key terms and issues in education will prove useful both when approaching the skills tests and also at a later date when you apply for a training place. Subsequent chapters will outline the content and structure of the literacy and numeracy skills tests and offer you practice questions. Then there is a chapter designed to support your application to teacher training courses and provide suggestions and advice for the interview process. Finally, for this second edition a new chapter 'What is teacher training really like?' offers you real insight into intial teacher training from the point of view of the student and the tutor. 

About the authors
Bruce Bond
has been involved in writing, editing, observing, reviewing and trialling the QTS Literacy Skills Tests for over 10 years. 
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.
Nina Weiss has worked in education for over 30 years. Since 2008, she has been authoring and editing the QTS Skills Tests.
 
Introduction
 
1. It's all about teaching and schools
 
2. The Literacy Skills test
 
3. The Numeracy Skills test
 
4. Teacher training, applications and interviews
 
5. What is teacher training really like?
 
Literacy glossary
 
Numeracy glossary

This comprehensive volume is recommended for all prospective PGCE applicants who are now required to have passed the skills tests prior to enrolment. As with the independent subject publications, the text is succinct with well explained worked examples enabling users to gain confidence as well as competence prior to booking a test. Additional support material and clear advice with regard to considering and applying for an ITT programme makes this ideal suggested reading for enquirers.

Mr John Backwell
Goldsmiths College, Goldsmiths University of London
September 22, 2016

This book will support applicants to our PGCE course, leading them through the skills tests and giving clear guidance on how to pass.

Ms Veronica Towers
Pgce, Unknown
October 21, 2015

This book is an excellent source of support for ITE for FE teachers. Lots of good advice about the skills tests but more importantly lots of advice that will transfer to classroom practice - allowing trainees to help improve their own learners' skill levels.

Ms Clare Winder
Dept of Education and Social Science, University of Central Lancashire
June 3, 2015

I will recommend this book because it is up to date and because it covers both literacy & numeracy skills tests. It explains coherently what the tests are for. It shows how rigorous they are and why they are important - showing how they impact practice even if not in the trainee's specialist area. Everything a potential ITT trainee needs to know is covered. and shows it is more than just about passing the tests. My trainees are in the Early Years sector. The basic and fundamental skills which lie within Literacy (e.g. Phonics) and numeracy (e.g problem solving) are examples. There are good practice questions. IN a nutshell - everything a trainee needs is here!

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

Key texts for prospective ITT students in preparation for the professional skills tests.

Mrs Suzanne Horton
Institute Of Education, University of Worcester
May 8, 2015

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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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