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Changes to the Professional Skills Test requirements

Due to a recent statement from the Department for Education in July 2019, Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy will no longer be an entry requirement onto teacher training courses starting after the 1st April 2020. This approach will allow us to identify the individual needs of each trainee and offer extra support to strengthen skills where needed. Fundamental English and mathematics proficiencies will be assessed by the University during the selection process. All applicants will also be required to have GCSE English and mathematics.

Any programmes (including Assessment Only) beginning before then will be covered by existing skills test rules.   

It is important to note that fundamental English and mathematics may be implemented, supported and assured in different ways by different Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers.  At the University of Wolverhampton, we will offer additional support sessions during your course to enable you to demonstrate a satisfactory level of understanding required by the completion of your course.

All teachers are expected to be competent in Fundamental English and mathematics. By the end of ITT all trainees must be able to demonstrate competence in the following areas:

  • Speaking, listening and communicating are fundamental to a teacher’s role. Teachers should use standard English grammar, clear pronunciation and vocabulary relevant to the situation to convey instructions, questions, information, concepts and ideas with clarity. Teachers should read fluently and with good understanding.
  • Writing by teachers will be seen by colleagues, pupils and parents and, as such, it is important that a teacher’s writing reflects the high standards of accuracy their professional role demands. They should write clearly, accurately, legibly and coherently using correct spelling and punctuation. 
  • Teachers should use data and graphs to interpret information, identify patterns and trends and draw appropriate conclusions. They need to interpret pupil data and understand statistics and graphs in the news, academic reports and relevant papers.
  • Teachers should be able to complete mathematical calculations fluently with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages. They should be able to solve mathematical problems using a variety of methods and approaches including: estimating and rounding, sense checking answers, breaking down problems into simpler steps and explaining and justifying answers using appropriate language.