This is a replacement document updated the changes made to the QTS Skills Tests which will take effect from SEptember 2012. This document provides NUT members with information and guidance on the requirement to pass the skills tests in numeracy and literacy before beginning teacher training.
In November 2009, the NUT responded to proposals to introduce an assessment only route for the award of qualified teacher status. It noted that the proposals implied that there would be no training element at all for candidates on this route and raised concerns that those who were likely to undertake the programme, in particular, overseas-trained teachers and those working in further education, would still need an element of training as orientation for working in English schools, despite their other experiences of teaching.
The NUT’s submission to the Training and Development Agency’s consultation on the development of the Graduate Teacher Programme called for a series of measures designed to improve the quality and consistency of the programme for all candidates.
The NUT made detailed comments on the proposed revisions to the statutory requirement for initial teacher education providers, including changes to the age range requirements, time spent on school placements and equalities issues.
In March 2003, NUT members who were currently participating in the Graduate and Registered Teacher programmes were sent a postal questionnaire seeking their experiences and views of their training. Over 350 teachers took part, providing a significant and reliable insight into GTRP trainees’ experience of these programmes.
The purpose of this document is to provide information about the various training options available for the award of qualified teacher status. The table accompanying the document enables comparisons to be made between the different routes easily.
And requirements for Initial Teacher Training 2002
The DfES/Teacher Training Agency (TTA) document "Qualifying to Teach" replaces DfES Circular 4/98 and has the same legal standing. It sets out the standards that must be met by trainee teachers before they can be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the requirements for training providers and those who make recommendations for the award of QTS. The Standards and requirements come into effect from 1 September 2002.