The Independent is reporting that teachers will in future face a tough new “driving-test style assessment” before they are qualified to teach in the classroom.
A White Paper [see below] shows ministers are planning to scrap the current system of awarding teachers Qualified Teacher Status after completing a probationary year in a school.
Instead, they will have to prove they can control a classroom and show their subject expertise in front of their headteacher and an expert from another school before they become a fully fledged teacher.
The best and most competent teachers can still qualify within a year but it could up to 10 years in the classroom before some teachers pass the test.
The White Paper, Education Excellence Everywhere, describes the new accreditation as “a stronger more challenging accreditation based on a teacher’s effectiveness in the classroom, as judged by great schools”…
The move was welcomed by secondary headteachers with Malcolm Trobe, acting general secretary of the Association of Schools and Colleges saying: “We believe this will help to ensure the highest standards and that it will be good for both new teachers and for schools.”
However, Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said the idea was “highly problematic”, adding: At a time when school budgets are being cut in real terms, there will be pressure on school leaders to delay accreditation as a way of saving wage costs.”
Read or download the full white paper: Educational_Excellence_Everywhere
So a mixed reaction to this part of the white paper’s proposals from the ASCL and ATL leaders, although one seems to be focussing more on the principle, the other on the practicalities.
What’s your opinion, based on what we know so far, of the idea of teachers requiring to demonstrate their proficiency over a sustained period in the classroom?
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