All applicants to teacher training must pass their Professional skills tests before submitting their applications. This is guide to the skills tests, preparing candidates for what to expect and helping them increase their chances of passing. It includes information on the tests themselves as well as hints and tips on what to expect and how to respond. Also included are a chapter on the importance of kwledge of teaching and schools, and some guidance on what makes a good ITT applicant and interview candidate. An essential guide for all applicants, preparing them for the skills tests, their application and interview.
Bruce Bond has been involved in writing, editing, observing, reviewing and trialling the QTS Literacy Skills Tests for over 10 years. He has also been closely associated with the national development and evaluation of the Initial Teacher Training pilots in individual learning plans, mentoring, and teaching observation and practice. /par1/After attending Goldsmiths and Rolle College in the late 1960s, he built up over 30 years of experience teaching English and literacy in the SEN, primary, secondary and further education sectors before becoming an educational consultant and author of literacy assessments. /par1//par1/Since 2000 other projects have included authoring and editing: Key Skills Communication assessments; Functional Skills English standards and assessments; and the university entry level assessment project in Mozambique. This involved travelling throughout the country working with teams of teachers and lecturers compiling standardised English objective tests./par1/ /par1/Bruce Bond is currently an associate member of AlphaPlus Consultancy Ltd. Jim Johnson is an Honorary Fellow of Nottingham Trent University where, until his retirement, he led the English team in the Department of Primary Education. Mark Patmore was until recently a senior lecturer in mathematical education in the Department of Education at Nottingham Trent University. He is an Associate of the AlphaPlus Consultancy and has written for the QTS Numeracy Skills Test. Nina Weiss has worked in the secondary, further education and university sector for over 30 years, delivering teacher training programmes and teaching English language and literature courses ranging from basic skills to advanced level. Since 2008 she has also been authoring and editing the QTS Literacy Skills Tests. Nina currently teaches English and adult literacy at City and Islington College and is an external examiner for teacher training courses at the University of Greenwich and the Institute of Education, London. Prior to this she was course leader for the Post-Compulsory PGCE programme at the Cass School of Education, University of East London.
Bruce Bond, Geoff Barker, Jim Johnson, Mark Patmore, Nina Weiss