I am looking for some advice really,
I have been working at a special needs school for 8 years as a teaching assistant. I have a first class BA (Hons) degree in Special Education and a Masters degree in Child Development. My goal is to become a teacher but I cannot pass the maths QTS skills tests.
Even with tutoring I am just not able to do so due to the mental maths part and the rest is ridiculously weak. It's embarrassing.
I even tried to do a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and get QTLS (Qualified Teaching Learning Skills Status) which has parity of pay/standard to QTS. I did this because it had no skills tests. But it felt wrong and of course not a primary teaching route/only transferable to secondary teaching as a loop hole, but ultimately for colleges/sixth forms.
I've looked at Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) but that also has the same skills tests attached so I might as well choose the primary route with the QTS.
I am at a loss. I feel I have a range of qualifications, wealthy experience and knowledge but cannot get onto the "proper" route of a one year course to prove it all.
I now feel overly qualified to be a TA and like I will never get to where I want to be. It does not pay well and with a BA (Hons) and MA I just don't know what to do about it all.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated