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Teachers: Training

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many teacher trainees on the initial teacher training course had to retake the basic (a) literacy, (b) numeracy and (c) IT tests (i) once, (ii) twice, (iii) three times and (iv) more than three times in each of the last 10 years; (230221)

(2) how many and what proportion of trainee teachers failed one or more times the basic (a) literacy, (b) numeracy and (c) IT tests during their initial teacher training in each of the last 10 years.

The available information is given in the following tables and relates to the number of trainees who passed their skills tests after one, two or more than two attempts between 2000/01 and 2006/07.

Numeracy skills test

Of whom:

Number

Failed one or more times

Total number of trainees who passed the numeracy skills test

Passed on first attempt

Passed on second attempt

Passed after three or more attempts

Number

Percentage

2000/01

23,420

18,950

2,560

1,910

4,470

19.1

2001/02

26,460

22,520

1,930

2,010

3,940

14.9

2002/03

29,680

24,740

2,390

2,540

4,930

16.6

2003/04

33,520

27,340

2,810

3,360

6,180

18.4

2004/05

33,970

26,960

3,310

3,690

7,000

20.6

2005/06

34,290

26,790

3,430

4,070

7,500

20.6

2006/07

34,920

26,810

3,520

4,600

8,110

23.2

Note:

Includes mainstream (universities, other higher education institutes, SCITT and Open University) as well as employment based routes.

Source:

TDA

Literacy skills test

Of whom:

Number

Failed one or more times

Total number of trainees who passed the literacy skills test

Passed on first attempt

Passed on second attempt

Passed after three or more attempts

Number

Percentage

2000/01

23,480

21,040

1,580

860

2,450

10.4

2001/02

26,630

22,470

2,530

1,620

4,160

15.6

2002/03

29,920

25,350

2,820

1,750

4,570

15.3

2003/04

33,840

28,860

3,000

1,970

4,970

14.7

2004/05

34,400

26,930

4,410

3,060

7,470

21.7

2005/06

34,700

27,440

4,200

3,050

7,260

20.9

2006/07

35,280

28,940

3,710

2,630

6,340

18.0

Note:

Includes mainstream (universities, other higher education institutes, SCITT and Open University) as well as employment based routes.

Source:

TDA

ICT skills test

Of whom:

Number

Failed one or more times

Total number of trainees who passed the ICT skills test

Passed on first attempt

Passed on second attempt

Passed after three or more attempts

Number

Percentage

2000/01

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2001/02

26,040

23,410

2,060

580

2,630

10.1

2002/03

29,680

22,770

4,670

2,250

6,920

23.3

2003/04

33,640

29,000

3,280

1,360

4,640

13.8

2004/05

33,930

25,190

5,920

2,810

8,730

25.7

2005/06

35,270

31,420

2,130

1,720

3,850

10.9

2006/07

35,130

31,830

2,430

870

3,310

9.4

n/a = Not applicable (ICT not a requirement of QTS for this cohort).

Note:

Includes mainstream (universities, other higher education institutes, SCITT and Open University) as well as employment based routes.

Source:

TDA

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) mathematics, (b) physics, (c) chemistry, (d) biology, (e) English and (f) IT teacher trainees have failed one or more times the (i) literacy, (ii) numeracy and (iii) IT tests in initial teacher training in each of the last 10 years. (230270)