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For Immediate Release: 25 June 2008
PR Contact: Pearson VUE
Karen Schwartz, Marketing Manager
020 7190 4047

Pearson VUE to deliver Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) skills tests for Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA)

Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.co.uk) a world-leading education company is helping to raise England’s teaching standards through its delivery of the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) skills tests for the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA). This new three-year partnership will see the specialist provider of Computer Based Testing (CBT) solutions, delivering electronic tests to over 35,000 trainee teachers each year, helping the Government ensure greater measurability and performance in the profession.

Now in its seventh year of partnership with the TDA, Pearson VUE’s proven track record for quality and unrivalled capacity to host large volumes of tests sees it continuing to work with trainee teachers in their move towards Qualified Teacher Status.

A required standard for every teacher to meet in order to qualify, the computerised QTS skills tests ensure that every individual entering the profession possesses the core skills required to fulfil their wider professional role in schools. Delivered in over 50 TDA testing centres across England and taken at any point throughout training, soon-to-be teachers are required to pass skills tests in numeracy, literacy and information and communications technology (ICT). Pearson VUE’s tests have an innovative real-time reporting functionality enabling candidates to see instantly whether they have achieved the pass mark. This also removes the previously time-consuming task for moderators of marking large volumes of paper-based tests.

Paul Howarth, Managing Director of Pearson VUE EMEA, comments: “We are delighted to be working with the TDA for the seventh year in succession and to make such a valuable contribution to education. Computer-based assessment enables the TDA to offer the QTS skills tests on demand at a time convenient to the candidate and provides instantaneous feedback on their results. It also eliminates complex logistical problems, such as the distribution, storage and tracking of test papers, saving the organisation much valuable time.”

Jeremy Coninx, Director, Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Market Management, at the TDA said: “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Pearson, who have a proven track-record in delivering high-stakes computer-based examinations such as the QTS skills tests.”

Currently working with over 100 education and publishing brands, including Edexcel, Longman, Penguin, Prentice Hall and The Financial Times, Pearson VUE also offers organisations added security and nationwide delivery of tests and examinations through its network of 150 professional centres across the UK and 4,400 centres worldwide. Pearson VUE also helps companies to develop tests, including the application of key psychometrics to ensure that tests are valid, reliable, accurate and consistent.

About Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the global leader in electronic testing for regulatory and certification boards, providing a full suite of services from test development to test delivery to data management. Pearson VUE offers exams through the world’s largest network of test centers in 162 countries, providing testing services for information technology, academic, government and professional clients. Pearson VUE acquired the former Promissor in 2006, thereby extending its leadership in the certification market. The company’s innovative technology offers the highest levels of security and program control, while its commitment to service provides clients and individual test takers with an unmatched testing experience.

Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international media company, whose businesses include the Financial Times Group, Pearson Education and the Penguin Group.

About Pearson VUE
The Training and Development Agency for Schools (www.tda.gov.uk) was established under the Education Act 2005. Its principal aim is to secure an effective school workforce that improves children’s life chances.

Last updated 2008-06-25