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Teacher Training Personality Assessment

Welcome to the Abacus teacher training assessment site. This site is dedicated to guiding ITT suppliers in understanding how non-cognitive assessments might be used for their individual ITT selection process.

Why use non-cognitive assessments for the selection of trainee teachers?

The ‘Training our next generation of outstanding teachers: Implementation plan’ (June 2011) highlighted that in England, there has been an improvement in trainee qualification levels for trainee teachers, however we are not yet matching the highest performing countries. One area for improvement was identified to be the selection of trainee teachers in the first place. Interpersonal skills have been identified as one of the crucial aspects to reliably improve the selection of trainee teachers.

It has been stated that:

  • All providers of ITT are expected to assess these skills before accepting anyone onto the training process
  • ITT suppliers are expected to decide for themselves which approach to use
  • Ofsted inspection of ITT providers will assess the selection methods in place and their impact on the quality and employability of teachers who enter the profession
  • The resources will compliment the skills tests which, for trainees starting ITT from September 2013, need to be passed before training commences


Why choose Criterion Partnership’s Abacus?

Abacus is a personality tool that has been specifically developed for assessing candidates for teacher training; designed to meet your needs, as a supplier of ITT. Features of the tool include:

  • Criterion Partnership have been established for over 20 years with experience of assessment and development in education
  • A review by the Teaching Agency deemed Abacus to be suitable for use as part of the ITT selection and recruitment process
  • Measures attributes identified as critical in successful teachers and trainee teachers
  • Measures attributes necessary to meet the current Teachers’ Standards
  • A robust and academically sound instrument using scales that have been developed over 20 years
  • User-friendly for both those administering the tool and taking the assessment
  • Produces easy to use reports to enhance the selection, interviewing, and the development of trainee teachers
  • Can be used as an extension of the recruitment process that already exists, adding an extra dimension of insight into an individual
  • Great candidate experience – it is very quick for applicants to complete and requires low resource to administer and interpret

For more information about Abacus including visuals of the system and sample reports please take a look at our Abacus brochure.

Abacus Trial

We welcome you to complete a free trial of the questionnaire; to do this please send an email to

Criterion Partnership have been speaking to many suppliers of teacher training to understand their current challenges in implementing tools of this kind. We are happy to discuss this with you as well and help you to identify how this tool can be used specifically for you.

Please call a member of the Criterion team on 01273 734000.

We have created an Abacus FAQ list from the conversations we have had so far.


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