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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