11:37 26 October 2012
People wanting to become teachers in the UK will now face tougher tests as the government are revamping entry exams for trainee teachers, it was revealed on Friday. The new tests will being in September 2013 in a bid to improve educational standards.
The new exams have been put in place by a body of head teachers and experts and the aim is to raise the bar with regards to the profession of teaching on the whole.
The government want individuals who are intending to pursue the career of teaching to face more “rigorous” tests before they begin their trainee courses.
Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, commented on the idea saying: “These changes will mean that parents can be confident that we have the best teachers coming into our classrooms.”
He added: “Above all, it will help ensure we raise standards in our schools and close the attainment gap between the rich and poor.”
The current tests, which were introduced between 2000 and 2003, quiz trainees on literacy and numeracy and can be taken during the teacher training course.
Reportedly, as of next Autumn, the only way a person can begin the course will be by completing the tests first and being successful.
Christine Blower, the general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, told the BBC however, that: “The real issue is the training and support that teachers are given once they have entered into teaching training.”
It is understood there will be no calculators allowed in the revised exams, and that the number of times the tests can be sat will be limited.
It is also thought that the pass mark will be raised.
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