Skills Test

Assessment of English and Mathematics

The Department for Education no longer requires students to sit the Professional Skills Tests in English and Maths before starting an ITT course. They have been replaced with provider-led assurance of a students fundamental English and Mathematics proficiencies.

We will make an assessment of the English and Mathematics knowledge of an applicant during the selection process.

Fundamental English and Mathematics

All teachers are expected to be competent in Fundamental English and mathematics and applicants 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.

Do I still need GCSE grade C/Level 4 or equivalent in Mathematics and English Language?

Yes. The tests do not replace the GCSE grade C/Level 4 equivalence entry requirement.