Letters extra: good enough to teach without tests

25th May 2001 at 01:00

I am a PGCE student (secondary English) in the final few weeks of my training. I studied hard for three years to obtain a degree while at the same time being a mother of three. I went on to one of the best courses in the country at Birmingham University to study for my PGCE.

I have been given glowing reports from both my placement schools. However, I do not believe that I have the remotest chance of passing my numeracy skills test and I will not, therefore, be able to qualify as a teacher.

Eight of my colleagues on the course at Birmingham say that the computers at Matthew Boulton College crashed during tests, resulting in two English graduates failing the literacy test. I have seen another colleague, a mother of two, who has the makings of an outstanding teacher, in tears and completely crushed because of her failure to pass on her first attempt.

I am extremely angry at the Government's insistence that trainees need to pass these tests to prove they are good enough to teach. We have already proved that we are; we would not have survived the weeks of teaching practice, the lack of sleep and the pitiful social life otherwise.

Angie Moore
Sutton Coldfield, West Midlandsnbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;

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