Abolish QTS skills tests for university graduates
The big idea
I do not understand why talented graduates need to undertake a QTS skills test in order to become teachers. On my PGCE course there are graduates who have achieved 1st class honours degrees in Maths and Science yet are still expected to undertake a QTS skills test in numeracy and ICT. Additionally, finishing university dissertations and extended essays must imply a considerable level of literacy. If a potential teacher's literacy, numeracy and IT skills are not adequate, it should be up to teacher training colleges to provide the trainee with ways of improving and then demonstrating these skills.
Why does this matter?
1. Save money
2. Value a graduate skills and knowledge base from passing a three-year BSc honours degree after attending a top UK university.