Major overhaul of how teachers are trained

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Teachers will spend more time in the classroom as part of their training in a major overhaul of how they qualify under radical plans announced by the Government.

Ministers will scrap the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and replace it with a stronger accreditation process that will be led and assessed by schools. It will aim to give teachers the same status as doctors and lawyers whereby schools will decide when they are 'fully functioning' teachers.

The QTS will not be replaced with another uniform qualification but instead puts the responsibility for deciding when a teacher qualifies in the hands of schools.

A teacher's school will decide when they are ready to fully qualify and that decision will be reviewed by another school in a peer-led process that mirrors the process of qualification in other professions, such as lawyers.

Headteachers will be given greater powers and will be able to bring in people from other professions under the plans that come a day after George Osborne used his Budget to announce a range of education reforms.

The Chancellor said that reforms to the teacher profession were needed to give children 'a world-class schooling'.

The announcement will deliver a major shake-up of teacher qualifications and will give headteachers greater power over their workforce, giving them freedom to bring in people from other professions to teach pupils.

The overhaul of teacher training will be included alongside other announcements made this week on converting all schools into academies and extending school days past 3.30pm in a blueprint for reforming England's school system. 

Professional Development Today
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