(Original post by Koldbeer)
Right there seems to be some confusion about the QTS tests so I'll try and clear them up based on what I've read.
The new 'tests' are being introduced from September 2012 and they are indeed 'Enrolling tests' which future students (those starting in September 2013) will need to do before they even start their training.
So what does this mean for 2012 entry students? It means that the QTS remains the same as they are now, the changes are being brought in for students enrolling September 2013. I believe there is no 'cap' (though I'm not 100% certain of that, I'll do more digging to confirm either way) on the amount of attempts for 2012-2013 students, but there is the widely discussed cap of three attempts for the new enrollment tests.
The only thing that 2012-2013 students will have to face is a higher pass percentage, though quite how high I don't think anyone knows yet.
I was also confused about how things worked till I read this on the TDA site:
"trainees starting an initial teacher training (ITT) course from September 2013 will be required to pass the skills tests before starting their course. The pass mark for these tests will be raised and the number of resits allowed will be limited to two. The requirements for candidates starting courses in the 2012 academic year remain unchanged; candidates are required to pass the skills tests in their final year of study (with the current exceptions for those on flexible routes into teaching). However, subject to parliamentary approval of changes to the relevant regulations, the ICT test will no longer be a requirement for achieving qualified teacher status (QTS) from April 2012."