Passing the Literacy Skills Test: Edition 4

Learning Matters
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"This book is fantastic and has been purchased by many of our students who have subsequently passed the skill test."

- Sarah Martin-Denham, Faculty of Education and Society, University of Sunderland


All applicants to Initial Teacher Training in England need to PASS the QTS Literacy Skills Test before starting their course. This professional skills test is designed to ensure trainee teachers have a sound grasp of literacy skills such as comprehension and spelling and how to apply these in practice. This popular and widely recommended book outlines all of the requirements of the QTS Literacy Skills Test, explains the essential subject knowledge candidates need and includes practice questions for test preparation.

This fourth edition, co-written by an author of the test itself, is updated throughout and now includes a full practice test, more practice questions and more question and answer commentary. This is more than a collection of practice questions. It includes advice, tips, test commentary and guidance to help students pass first time.

It helps students to:

  • familiarise yourself with the skills and knowledge to be tested
  • fully understand the format and structure of the literacy skills test
  • know what to expect on the day of the test

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK

For the purposes of the test, literacy is seen as comprising the four sections: Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar and Comprehension. Each section has its own chapter. There you will find an explanation of the knowledge required, examples of the features of literacy being tested and explicitly direction about what to do in the test. There are practice questions for each section.

Chapter 5 is a complete literacy practice skills test for you to work through, and Chapter 6 contains answers and explanatory key points for all the questions in the main chapters, and for the practice test.

Revision checklist
You can use the checklist in your revision to make sure that you have covered all the key content areas.

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About the author

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.

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.

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Learning Matters
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Published on
Feb 16, 2015
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Pages
144
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ISBN
9781473918757
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English
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Education / Teacher Training & Certification
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This is your guide to how to prepare for, approach and succeed in the Professional Skills Tests for Trainee Teachers. It takes you through how the tests work and includes hints and tips on what to expect and how to respond. It offers clear and concise guidance on revision and examples of questions so you can prepare for the tests and pass.

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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 invidividual learning plans, mentoring, and teaching observation and practice. Bruce has over 30 years of experience teaching English and literacy in SEN, primary, secondary and further education sectors and is now an educational consultant and author of literacy assessments.

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 Numaracy Skills Test.

Nina Weiss has worked in education for over 30 years. Since 2008, she has 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 Institue of Education, London.

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the following contributors who responded to questions on applications and interviews to ITT, and shared their thoughts and comments, for the final chapter.
Doreen Challen, Primary PGCE Tutor, Southampton Education School
Jean Conteh, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, University of Leeds
Richard English, Programme Director for the Primary PGCE Course, University of Hull
Suzanne Horton, Senior Lecturer in Primary Initial Teacher Education, University of Worcester
Angela Major, Principal Lecturer in Education, University of Roehampton
Ceri Roscoe, Assistant Head of Primary Programmes with particular responsibility for the BA Primary Education, Manchester Metropolitan University
Debbie Simpson, Interim PGCE Primary Programme Leader, University of Cumbria

The numeracy glossary is reproduced courtesy of the TA - Teaching Agency for Schools.
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The publishers would like to thank the TA for permission to use the audio icon. This has been taken from the practice Literacy Skills Test on the TA website www.education.gov.uk and is the copyright of the Teaching Agency.
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