Trainee teachers are to undergo stricter testing in order to make sure they meet the standards of numeracy and literacy required.
Ministers have put forward the plans to change the testing rules after concerns were raised that some had to make several attempts at the tests in order to pass.
Candidates will only have two more chances to sit either part of the test if they fail first time and the scores needed to pass will be increased from September, the Department for Education stated.
Another section of the test also requires training teachers to demonstrate their information and communication technology skills.
Schools minister Nick Gibb said that by increasing the standard it will ensure they are getting the best candidates and those who are committed to becoming a teacher.
"Strengthened trainee tests and an end to constant re-sits will mean parents can be confident that all teachers have the basic skills needed," Mr Gibb added.
Posted by Alan Douglas