Friday, 18 March 2016

Qualified teacher status to be scrapped

"Qualified Teacher Status is to be scrapped under government reforms and replaced with a tougher training process that will see headteachers decide when trainees are ready to be accredited."

"The new system will allow those who progress faster to win the new accreditation earlier - a process likened to learning to drive, where motorists sit their test as soon as they are ready."

"The change should also make it easier for headteachers to recruit experts from other fields, such as musicians or coders and allow them to quickly become professional teachers."

"Training will be centred around a teacher's performance in the classroom in an attempt to place the qualification route on a par with other professions such as law and accountancy..."

"The measures are unveiled in a White Paper, which sets out the Government's plans for education for the next five years."

"The 125-page Educational Excellence Everywhere document also includes plans to:"

:: Scrap parent governors and pay professional ones

:: Build 500 free schools to help tackle the places crisis and put councils in charge of admissions.

"Malcolm Trobe, interim general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said: "We welcome plans to replace existing Qualified Teacher Status with a new system in which teachers will complete an extended period in classrooms before being accredited by school leaders."

" `We believe this will help to ensure the highest standards and that it will be good for both new teachers and for schools. We look forward to working with the Government on the detailed plans.` "

"But Shadow education secretary Lucy Powell said: `This White Paper does little to address the real issues facing education today: teacher shortages - particularly in the key subjects of maths, English and science, of a crisis in school places, of a widening attainment gap between the disadvantaged and the rest, and exam chaos with the new SATs and GCSEs not yet finalised with only weeks to go.` "

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