People looking to take their first steps into a career in teaching will be able to take the compulsory national skills tests in Worcester this summer.
The University of Worcester has been approved as a pop-up test centre with four dates available over the summer for people to take the professional skills tests. The dates are 10th July, 23rd July, 2nd August and 17th September between 11.15am- 17.15pm.
The professional skills tests for prospective teachers assess the core literacy and numeracy skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge needed for teaching. All current and prospective trainee teachers must pass the skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they embark on an initial teacher education programme.
Ann Jordan, Head of the University’s School of Education, said: “We are really pleased to be able to offer the skills test in Worcester this summer. Until now, those living within close proximity to the City, and the surrounding areas, have had to travel to Birmingham, Coventry, or further to take the tests, which are a compulsory requirement by the government for anyone studying on a programme that leads to Qualified Teacher Status.”
The University of Worcester is one of the country’s leading providers of teacher training, with a reputation for high quality and innovative provision in Education.
Founded just after World War II with a mission to educate teachers to 'win the peace through education’, the University has more than seven decades of experience in educating outstanding professionals to work in our schools.
Earlier this year, the University of Worcester was ranked number one in the UK and 26th globally for Quality Education in the World University Global Impact ratings published by the authoritative Times Higher Education. The rankings were based on universities’ record in contributing to achieving the United Nations’ globally agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDG for Quality Education is to ‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’.
The University’s School of Education provides a wide range of programmes for those who aspire to make a difference to people of all age groups within society.
Students can choose from a number of courses, including foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, which provide an excellent stepping stone to become a qualified teacher, while also offering much wider employment opportunities to work with children, young people and adults in a variety of settings.
More information about the skills tests, dates and how to book can be found on the Department for Education website.