Gove failed his driving test SEVEN TIMES and is still allowed to drive, but prevents teachers from teaching if they fail QTS skills tests THREE times.


Gove failed his driving test 7 tests and is still allowed to drive, but he prevents teachers from teaching for two years if they fail the frankly poorly designed QTS skills twice 3 times.

One of those is potentially life threatening- bad drivers should not be on the roads yet no testing limit for them.

Of course bad teachers should not be in our schools either, but the QTS skills test DO NOT MEASURE TEACHING SKILLS. Apparently almost 2000 teaching students have now failed the QTS test limit 3 times and are now locked out from teaching for 2 years. Some of those maybe crap teachers, but I suspect the vast majority are absolutely not. (Like my friend in this post– she is AMAZING with kids- she now has my three year old doing maths and loving it- I caught my daughter in bed last night happily counting on her fingers to make 3+1 is 4!- she is only THREE!- hasten to add this isn’t “hothousing”- its child led- I am not fussed if she learns maths for a while yet, play is much more important at this stage, but my daughter wanted to know and my friend has taught her really well!) .

This is such a pointless and arbitrary way of weeding out “bad teachers” and raising standards.  I reckon at least 50% of the current teaching profession would not pass the skills tests as they stand. Not because they are bad teachers or are not literate or numerate enough but because the design of the tests (eg. auditory maths in an 18second time limit) is not a useful test of teaching skills.

I’d much rather a limit on driving tests. That could actually save lives. Some people Gove should not be driving.  But to block good teachers from teaching for two years well that is mindless and won’t raise teaching standards in this country, but I suppose at least no-one will die.

 

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  1. In Medical School, at the moment, all UK students have to sit an ethics & reasoning test which contributes 50% (!!) of how our rankings for job allocations are decided. Last year, a Glasgow student failed to finish the test, and so was deemed to have poor time management skills and removed from the jobs allocations. Not put bottom, removed.

    Later in the year it turned out there were posts unfilled, so she was allowed to be considered. In order to assess her professionalism and time management skills and fitness to become a Foundation Year One Doctor (i.e. not fully registered with the GMC yet, a probationer) three senior members of staff from the West of Scotland Deanery were required to interview her for two hours.

    What happened next? One didn’t turn up and another was 45 minutes late. But they still had the gall to interview her about *her* time management and professionalism…

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