Soaring numbers of trainee teachers are using unlimited resits to get through a basic numeracy test, figures show.Sure about that figure? You didn’t get a trainee teacher to work it out, did you?
Up to 56 per cent now need multiple attempts before they pass, the statistics suggest.
One student reportedly made 27 attempts. Meanwhile, up to a third of trainees need two attempts or more at a similar test in literacy.So, why do they think they deserve to be teachers in the first place? I’m hopeless at parallel parking, so I’m hardly likely to say ‘Hmm, I fancy a career as a driving instructor’. What’s attracting such dummies?
The figures appear to show that although a multi-million-pound recruitment campaign has boosted trainee numbers it has struggled to attract substantial numbers of top graduates and that the quality of trainees has deteriorated.Ah, of course. The sweet, sweet smell of government moolah.
A spokesman for the Department for Children, Schools and Families said trainees on some routes into teaching – such as on-the-job training programmes – were exempt from taking the skills tests.Imagine what their literacy and numeracy might be like…
However, they are a requirement for all those undertaking 'initial teacher training' – the vast majority.And we all believe Ofsted, don’t we….?
'Ofsted tell us that the standard of teaching training has never been higher and big rises in results show that quality of teaching is improving massively year-in, year-out,' he said.