Future teachers will be subjected to new “personality tests” from September to make sure they can communicate with pupils in the classroom.
The tests are designed to ensure that new staff have the organisational skills necessary for lesson planning and the “emotional resilience” to cope with the pressures of badly-behaved children. They are part of a wider shake-up of the teacher training system planned by Michael Gove, the Education Secretary.
Other key measures include tougher literacy and numeracy tests – with a restriction on the number of times trainees can retake them. In addition, those with only third-class degree passes will be banned from accessing grants for training, while those with first-class honours will be eligible for generous incentives.
The tests are designed to show the “non-cognitive” ability of applicants, who will be expected to fill out a computer-based questionnaire gauging their response to a series of situations. Academics…
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