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Teaching status on agenda as think tank issues education manifesto

8 May 2014

The Headteachers’ Roundtable think-tank has issued 'A Great Education for All'; their education election manifesto a year before the general election.

It is difficult to argue with the real need to raise the status of the profession in order to not only attract but retain the very best graduates. The manifesto proposes QTS and Masters qualification for all teachers as quality professional learning is seen as the key to making teaching more desirable.

Compulsory membership to a College of Teaching would also align the teaching profession to other professions adding credibility to the expectations and standards set for teachers.

There is a real teacher and headteacher recruitment issue in some areas of the country and the proposed solution to this is the creation of a national recruitment fund. A three year contract with a guaranteed post following that may attract candidates but wouldn’t it be simpler to employ on a permanent basis a pool of talent for deployment into schools with challenges?

It will be interesting to see the Government’s response to the paper.

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