Teachers to face tough driving-test style assessments before qualifying in classroom

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.”

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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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  1. bentleykarl

    SchoolsImprove Of course folk forget that they added in other assessments as the driving test wasn’t robust enough.

  2. edujdw

    bentleykarl SchoolsImprove yes, theory wasn’t it? A theory test as people could do the driving but had no idea of the underlying theory.

  3. bentleykarl

    edujdw SchoolsImprove And a hazard perception test…gawd we could do with one of them when mad politicians draw up edu bills.

  4. edujdw

    bentleykarl SchoolsImprove an easy test, I see all government Ministers as a hazard to be avoided (Lab, Con and LD!)

  5. ‘We’ll ensure
    discredited ideas unsupported by firm evidence are not promoted to new teachers’.   That means any ways of teaching which Nick Gibb doesn’t like (eg discussions, group work, anything that promotes critical thinking skills’.

  6. The new process will put the best headteachers in charge of accrediting new
    entrants to the profession, and give schools more scope to bring in experts from
    other fields – for example, a talented musician or coder – and put them on a
    pathway to full accreditation, where their skills can be recognised’.
    Who will decide who are the ‘best headteachers’?  The ones struggling to turn round a challenging school which has been judged RI?  Or the ones in charge of an Outstanding school which hasn’t been inspected since 2007?  Or the ones where results rise (but a little digging reveals a sudden exodus of children likely to bring down test results?   Or the ones which publicly agree with the Government?
    And being a ‘talented musician or coder’ doesn’t mean that person has the skills or the theoretical background to teach.

  7. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove On face of it this seems a good idea; in reality it’ll make teaching even less attractive (possible?) & will screw many over

  8. edujdw

    SchoolsImprove Like a driving test, will they have to ‘pass the theory’? I don’t mind in principle, but what safeguards will there be?

  9. MrBlachford

    SchoolsImprove “but it could up to 10 years in the classroom before some teachers pass the test.”
    Who’s going wait around for that?…

  10. MrBlachford

    SchoolsImprove will make the type of teacher accredited highly stylised to the whims of the headteacher&school. Loss of national standards?

  11. EddieTriggs

    MrBlachford SchoolsImprove delay accreditation so schools get teachers on the cheap! Great recruitment policy!!

  12. MrBlachford

    EddieTriggs SchoolsImprove I’ve worked under outstanding heads whose judgement I trust without question. Also worked under some maniacs

  13. chillisalsa

    SchoolsImprove Good! Too many teachers these days cannot even spell &, in honesty, are far from being the brightest buttons in the jars!

  14. chillisalsa

    acet2001 SchoolsImprove ‘Independent’ also spelt ‘independant’ though ‘ent’ poss more acceptable.Apparently ‘ant’ French-so I’m bilingual!

  15. chillisalsa

    acet2001 SchoolsImprove Not just a ‘try’, there are a few articles debating ‘ent’ or ‘ant’. Maybe you should do your homework.

  16. acet2001

    chillisalsa SchoolsImprove Before you have a dig at teachers maybe you should try doing their job and allow for the odd error, like yours.

  17. RichardGrantham

    SchoolsImprove I suppose it will be revalidation next followed by the imposition of a ‘new contract’ for young teachers with longer hours!

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