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Plans for elite 'master teacher'

15 December 2011

A government commissioned independent review has suggested the introduction of a new “Master Teaching Standard” for more experienced staff. This would see the current system of rewards and standards replaced with a single “Master Teacher Standard”.

A clear set of minimum standards would be set out which would highlight any teachers that are underperforming. To attain the new “Master Teacher” grade, teachers would have to meet five new standards that require high performing teachers to have wide-ranging knowledge of their specialism, command of the classroom, excellent planning and organisational skills, amongst others.

The aim of these prospective changes is to improve teaching standards in schools to attract the very best teachers to the profession, with promotions and pay benefits. This proposal has divided opinions, especially the potential alienation of primary teachers where a specialist subject is required. The government will now consider how the suggestions may be implemented.

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