Trainee teacher exam resits limited
Would-be teachers will be banned from taking unlimited resits in basic English and maths tests in a shake-up of training, Michael Gove is set to confirm.
Under the reforms, recruits will be given just three attempts to pass the crucial exams, which they will need to start their training course.
The Education Secretary, who is to publish details of the measures on Monday, will say the move will help to improve trainee teachers' basic skills.
Under the current system, trainees who have started their course have to sit tests in literacy, numeracy and information technology. If they fail, they are allowed an unlimited number of resits.
Official figures show that one in five candidates fails either the maths or the literacy test the first time, with one in 10 taking the numeracy paper more than three time, and one in 14 taking the literacy exam over three times.
From September next year, would-be teachers who fail the tests the first time will only be allowed two resits. The tests will also have to be taken, and passed, before a trainee can begin their course.
In a speech earlier this month, Mr Gove said the Government's teacher training proposals will "emphasise our commitment to boosting the status of the profession by toughening up the recruitment process and ensuring that all new teachers have a real depth of knowledge in their subject".
Mr Gove originally set out plans for an overhaul of teacher training in January.
He confirmed then that anyone starting a post-graduate certificate in education (PGCE) from September 2012 will need to hold at least a 2.2 degree and that bursaries for trainee teachers will be scrapped for most subjects except science, maths and foreign languages.
The number of secondary school teacher training places has been slashed by almost 14% this year, while primary places are rising by nearly 6%.