Professional skills tests day success!

one of the sessionsThe School of Education held another successful Professional Skills Tests Day on the weekend.

The annual event is designed to provide help to applicants who have yet to pass the tests in literature and mathematics. The tests were introduced by the Department for Education to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism, and must be successfully completed before starting teacher training.

Pippa Totraku, admissions lead, said: “We know these tests can be a real challenge and we wanted to help make sure that they don’t create a barrier for talented individuals who wish to become teachers. Our student ambassadors were delighted to share their knowledge and gave out lots of hints and tips of how to pass the tests.”

Comments from attendees included:

“Thanks for the preparation day. One less thing to worry about.”
“This day has given me an insight into my strengths and weaknesses.”
“I really enjoyed all the sessions and I thought it was useful to be given examples and have a chance to do them.”
“The tips were useful for all sessions. The mentors (ambassadors) were lovely and really helpful.”

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If you weren’t able to make the day then you can dowload the sessions presentations and resources below:

Mental maths support presentation (PowerPoint)
Reading and interpreting data (PowerPoint)
Written arithmetic problem support (PowerPoint)

Comprehension presentation (PowerPoint)
Punctuation (PowerPoint)
Spelling and Grammar (PowerPoint)

Comprehension activity (Word)
Pair matching activity (Word)
Reading comprehension planning (Word)




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