One more hurdle to jump

15th June 2001 at 01:00
DONNA Hicks (above) has spent eight years working towards a career in primary teaching and is now in her induction year.

She has already failed the 45-minute numeracy test three times.

She said this week's decision would relieve the pressure on her. The 43-year-old has a husband who took early retirement because of ill-health and two young children to support.

But she had been prepared to take her case to a European court, if necessary, under equal opportunities and human rights legislation.

She said: "It still means that people can come from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to teach in England who won't have had to take the tests at all."

She said teachers would never have to interpret data under the time-limited test conitions.

Amy Dettmer is glad she chose to train to be a teacher in Wales. She lost out financially, because pound;2,000 of her pound;6,000 training salary will not be paid out until she has completed her first year in teaching, meaning it will be taxed. But at least she has not had to take the tests. "The last thing any of us would want is to sit literacy and numeracy tests, especially when we all have good GCSEs in English and maths," she said.

Originally from south-east England, the 22-year-old graduated in music at Cardiff last year, and went on to a post-graduate teacher training course at the city's University of Wales Institute. She already has a job lined up at a secondary school in Churchill, a north Somerset village.

Karen Thornton

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today