• QTS skills tests set to be scrapped

    The numeracy and literacy skills entry tests that prospective teachers must pass to start training are set to be ditched, Schools Week understands. The move could boost the government’s efforts to reach its teacher recruitment targets – at least 3,500 would-be teachers have failed the compulsory tests every year since 2012. The move, expected to

    5.00 Jul. 12th, 2019 | News

  • Recruitment and retention strategy pledges £130m for new teacher induction

    The education secretary has finally unveiled his teacher recruitment and retention strategy, pledging a £130 million reduced timetable and two-year training package for new teachers and an end to onerous floor and coasting schools standards. The strategy, which builds on a number of announcements made by Damian Hinds last year, will be published today, more

    0.01 Jan. 28th, 2019 | News

  • 'Strengthened' QTS proposals will cost at least £336 million

    Schools need at least £336 million more per year to pay for the government’s proposed changes to teacher induction, according to new figures shared exclusively with Schools Week. New plans to extend the induction period of new teachers were positively received last week, but without more money to provide the additional support, schools won’t be

    11.00 May. 11th, 2018 | News

  • The careers consultation will make teachers' lives better at every stage

    The government’s response to the career progression consultation is full of thoughtful ideas and welcome suggestions, but more funding is still necessary, writes Dame Alison Peacock At the Chartered College of Teaching, we hear every day from our members about the fantastic work they are doing and the challenges they face. If our profession is to

    16.52 May. 4th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Most locked-out trainee teachers have failed their QTS skills test resits

    Just six per cent of would-be trainee teachers locked out of the pre-qualifying test for their courses under old government rules have applied to take the tests again since the rule limiting resits was lifted, according to exclusive new figures seen by Schools Week. What’s more, the majority of formerly locked-out candidates who have repeated

    5.00 Apr. 13th, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted boss calls for teachers to prove subject knowledge to stay qualified

    Teachers should have to prove their subject knowledge is up-to-date at regular intervals to maintain their qualified status, a top Ofsted boss has said. Professor Daniel Muijs (pictured), the watchdog’s head of research, said he supported a “periodic requirement” for teachers to demonstrate they know about the latest research and discoveries in their subject area.

    5.00 Mar. 3rd, 2018 | News

  • Schools will need funding to provide extra training for new teachers

    There should be a revised three-year teacher training route, and schools should be given extra funding to provide it, argues Emma Hollis Today’s announcement about the QTS consultation is welcome – however, ‘strengthened’ QTS is not the right term. This implies that training is not strong, when actually 99% of teacher training providers are rated

    13.49 Dec. 15th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Teachers need good CPD throughout their career

    While today’s QTS consultation is welcome, we must not forget that teachers need professional development and mentoring throughout their career, notes Alison Peacock The Department for Education’s consultation on strengthening qualified teacher status and improving career progression for teachers, published today, is nothing if not wide-ranging. While the proposed changes to QTS will attract some

    13.39 Dec. 15th, 2017 | Opinion

  • 'Strengthened' QTS proposals due out today

    A consultation on lengthening the time it takes teachers to fully qualify into the profession is set to launch today and will run over Christmas. Justine Greening told MPs on Monday that long-awaited proposals on teacher qualification and career-long training would be unveiled before the end of the week. The proposals are expected to include

    0.01 Dec. 15th, 2017 | News

  • Teaching assistants allowed to gain QTS through assessment-only route

    The number of teachers qualifying through a 12-week “assessment-only” route is rising, fuelling fears that providers are letting applicants without proper experience qualify for a price. Two years ago 912 people were awarded QTS through assessment alone, but that figure rose by 13 per cent to 1,034 last year, new data obtained by Schools Week

    5.00 Nov. 4th, 2017 | News

  • Nearly 5,000 prospective teachers fail QTS tests 3 times

    Almost 5,000 prospective teachers failed the compulsory numeracy and literary skills test three times in 2015-16, shutting them out of the profession for at least two years. Any candidate who wishes to reach qualified teacher status must pass the computerised professional skills tests within three attempts, but those who fail two resits in either literacy

    5.00 Oct. 2nd, 2017 | News