Personality Testing to Screen out Unsuitable Teachers

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Personality Testing to Screen out Unsuitable Teachers


Byline: Laura Clark Education Correspondent

TRAINEE teachers face personality tests to weed out those who lack social skills or cannot cope under pressure.

Students will be asked to fill in questionnaires before they can begin training courses in a drive to boost the calibre of staff.

The tests are designed to gauge applicants' abilities to manage their time, relate to pupils and handle pressure and criticism.

The new checks - introduced from September - are part of an overhaul of teacher training with the aim of raising standards in state education.

An estimated [pounds sterling]68million is spent each year by the Government on training teachers who quickly move on to other jobs.

Officials said 'easily measurable competencies' are already assessed during recruitment to teacher training courses.

But the 'more difficult competencies' which are 'also deemed essential to becoming a successful teacher' are not covered.

From September, training providers will be supplied with an approved list of 'non-cognitive assessments' to use during the recruitment process. The tests will be used to 'complement' existing procedures such as interviews and group exercises.

Tests used in trials assessed criteria such as interpersonal skills, time management and emotional resilience, including the ability to 'perform when under pressure', 'keep emotions in check' and 'handle criticism and learn from it'.

Sample questions included 'Which of the following best describes you? …

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