Scrapping qualified teacher requirement ‘threatening standards’, say educationalists

Basic standards in schools and colleges are under threat from a series of Government decisions allowing more teachers to work without formal qualifications, an alliance of educationalists has warned. This is from the Telegraph

In a letter to the Telegraph, they argue that “vital” safeguards for children and young people are being eroded…

The signatories to the letter include the heads of the Institute of Education and Institute for Learning and a series of college principals.

It is also supported by Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, whose members work both in further education colleges and independent schools as well as representatives of the National Union of Students.

“We believe that standards in further education as well as in schools are threatened by the absence of a national policy for trained and qualified teachers and trainers,” they write.

“The Government’s role is to safeguard standards of education for young people, and having well-trained and highly-qualified teachers in schools and further education colleges is vital for doing this.

“The Government also has an essential role in protecting the standards of education for young people with learning difficulties or disabilities.

“They, and their parents, need to be certain that they are taught by trained and qualified teachers.”

They add: “We agree with the Labour party and Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, that all teachers in state-funded schools should be qualified.

“But this commitment should also extend to further education.”

A Government spokesman said: “It is right that state schools and colleges are able to hire brilliant teachers who have not got qualified teacher status – and have the same advantage that private schools have to bring in great linguists, computer scientists, engineers and other specialists to inspire their pupils.”

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  1. musicteachinguk

    SchoolsImprove the notion that a school can be run with teachers with no experience has already been proved as dangerous. (Al-Madinah)

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The DfE response is baffling – how would you know that someone is a brilliant teacher if they’ve done no teaching? Idiotic

  3. Mike Bell

    I will wait for the facts – we can debate it for ever.  All it takes is the exam results for about 25 qualified and non-qualified teachers and we should get some idea.
    The existing evidence on the effect of teacher-training suggests very little effect.
    Obviously, if non-quals are recruited and simply given classes with no induction process, this will often fail.  However, if they get the classroom experience process we see on a PGCE course, (but without the college-based lectures etc,) things should be fine.

  4. morris_emma

    SchoolsImprove Seen very poor examples of people with QTS yet a friend, no QTS, who is passionate and great at SEN ed is denied the opp.

  5. PeterHutchinso5

    terminalteacher SchoolsImprove Once you move onto “at least” territory, you’re threatening standards IMHO.

  6. morris_emma

    PeterHutchinso5 SchoolsImprove So let’s have a policy which is sensible and provides opps for on the job training for the best people.

  7. PeterHutchinso5

    SchoolsImprove Given the length of career we are now expecting from our teachers, surely should not be cutting QTS? Let’s do it properly.

  8. PeterHutchinso5

    SchoolsImprove Ill prepared entrants to the profession may leave it as quickly as they enter it. To whose benefit?

  9. PeterHutchinso5

    morris_emma SchoolsImprove Can’t disagree, but no slippery slope to “blind leading blind” training in Free Schools. QTS to stay.

  10. PeterHutchinso5

    kayajs24 morris_emma SchoolsImprove I have no problem with schemes which allow for both practice and reflection,.

  11. PeterHutchinso5

    kayajs24 morris_emma SchoolsImprove But I do worry that some feel that you are the finished product after a year at the chalkface.

  12. SchoolLead2013

    SchoolsImprove we need to maintain QTS otherwise the profession will be further undermined. But do qualified teacher need to be graduates?

  13. SchoolLead2013

    SchoolsImprove the best people to teach our children don’t need a degree, they just need passion and good relationships with young people

  14. kayajs24

    PeterHutchinso5 morris_emma SchoolsImprove No one has said that. Many of the best teachers I know tell me that they are still learning

  15. kayajs24

    PeterHutchinso5 One of the first head teachers I worked under told me that “when he has learned everything about teaching, he will retire”

  16. PeterHutchinso5

    kayajs24 morris_emma SchoolsImprove Actually people, without saying it, are implying that it IS that easy atm.

  17. PeterHutchinso5

    kayajs24 morris_emma SchoolsImprove My wife will confirm that I’m a worrier, but current erosion of teachers’ professionalism worries me!

  18. PrincesBold

    As a parent I do not want my children taught by anybody unprepared to undergo QTS.
    Where does this leave NQTs, they currently have a full years support even with passion and being the best people to teach.

  19. PeteBeaumont68

    PeterHutchinso5 SchoolsImprove A teacher qualifying next year facing 45 year career that will take them to 2059? Schools even won’t exist!

  20. LaCatholicState

    SchoolsImprove This emphasis on qualifications is just protectionism for teachers. qualifications do not guarantee good teachers!

  21. Butterflycolour

    SchoolsImprove If industry specialists serious abt teaching should acquire QTS technically it is a career change 4 which training essential

  22. PeterHutchinso5

    PeteBeaumont68 SchoolsImprove A frightening thought. But how many would last the course anyway? Glad I’m at this end of my career.

  23. morris_emma

    musicteachinguk SchoolsImprove Age and a single mum. Just too difficult unless anyone knows a way she can earn and qualify.

  24. PeteBeaumont68

    PeterHutchinso5 I know how you feel. Pace of change will only increase. Thanks for seeing past my strange syntax in my original tweet btw.

  25. edujdw

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove passing the initial test does not guarantee greatness, but it eliminates the obviously poor.

  26. edujdw

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove I agree that QTS is not a guarantee of good teaching forever, but better with than without is my view.

  27. edujdw

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove Actually it is protectionism for pupils not teachers. QTS cannot stop a bad teacher being sacked.

  28. LaCatholicState

    edujdw SchoolsImprove not much about teaching cannot be learnt on the job…..including top tips from other experienced teachers.

  29. acet2001

    SchoolsImprove Where do they get these “Government spokesmen” from and why do they always spout such absolute nonsense?! Yadda yadda yadda

  30. oneshortarm

    LaCatholicState qts gives those thinking of teaching beh man strategies & chance to c what it is really like #essential

  31. LaCatholicState

    schlteacher SchoolsImprove it probably applies to most other professions….and we need to emphasise more apprenticeships!

  32. edujdw

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove yes it is necessary, for example what’s the best way to correct a misconception that a child may have?

  33. LaCatholicState

    edujdw SchoolsImprove as a parent….I will know how to do that. I didnt have training….just being human tells me how to

  34. edujdw

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove ‘just being human’ or ‘instinct/intuition’ is often greatest source of misconceptions.

  35. LaCatholicState

    edujdw SchoolsImprove naturally…because they are immature! But so too do adults accuire misconceptions. And i dont even need to ask u

  36. edujdw

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove it’s not about immaturity as you say adults acquire them also. I have them, you have them.

  37. LaCatholicState

    edujdw SchoolsImprove its about immaturity mainly. And if i want to correct my childs misconceptions…i can…without consulting anyone

  38. edujdw

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove again you say you know but can’t explain how. Try this. In 3 tweets give 3 steps to correct a misconception

  39. edujdw

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove Or give one misconception you have corrected and how you did that, perhaps from teaching your own child

  40. edujdw

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove we are talking about the necessity for training for teachers and you are showing exactly why it’s necessary

  41. LaCatholicState

    edujdw SchoolsImprove I am showing why common sense and humanity are all that is required. I can easily and do easily teach my kids

  42. edujdw

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove your reluctance to say how to change a misconception shows that you don’t know – I train teachers how.

  43. edujdw

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove being a professional teacher is a combination of the what to do, how to do and importantly WHY we do it

  44. LaCatholicState

    edujdw SchoolsImprove Teaching is easy……if you have the knack for it. Some have it…..and others never will no matter how qualified

  45. edujdw

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove So you have never really taught in a school – teaching is easy? Wow. There’s a misconception right there!

  46. edujdw

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove I assume you feel you have ‘the knack for it’ so a class of 30+ with diff. abilities/ needs; no sweat?

  47. LaCatholicState

    edujdw SchoolsImprove no….im happy with teaching my own children only…..I dont have or want the knack for large classes…but some do

  48. edujdw

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove I’m afraid you have failed to provide any evidence that teaching is easy or that training is not needed.

  49. edujdw

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove bringing up children, yes of actual teaching no. With 4 children and 4 grand children I know the difference

  50. schlteacher

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove I don’t understand why u think it is selfserving for tchrs to want to be properly trained & part of a prof

  51. LaCatholicState

    schlteacher SchoolsImprove I only want to see more flexibility… many knowledgable people make good teachers, but have no qvc

  52. schlteacher

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove so as long as you ‘know’ something about a subjt you can teach it? ‘Teaching’ isn’t a skill to learn then?

  53. LaCatholicState

    schlteacher SchoolsImprove Exactly….teaching cannot be learnt, except by experience by those with an aptitude for it

  54. schlteacher

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove & if you’reright better to get that exp during a training course rather than being dropped in at deep end

  55. LaCatholicState

    schlteacher SchoolsImprove there is no experience to be had in a course… must be got in the classroom on the job.

  56. schlteacher

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove out of interest, have you got a qualification in teaching or are you self taught?

  57. schlteacher

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove I thought so. So what qualifies you to say teaching can not be taught? You have no exp or knowledge of qts.

  58. LaCatholicState

    schlteacher SchoolsImprove
    I have experience….and I have a brain. These tell me teaching is a gift that cannot be taught.

  59. schlteacher

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove lesson planning, assess, behaviour management, helping chldrn with special needs & Engl as a 2nd lang can

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