The Department for Education (DfE) has announced a twelve-week consultation on the Secretary of State's plans to strengthen qualified teacher status (QTS) and improve career progression for teachers.
The consultation sets out the Secretary of State's plans to strengthen QTS and improve career progression for teachers. We are broadly in favour of the proposal for a two-year QTS and welcome the DfE's confirmation that pre-QTS teachers would be paid on the qualified teacher scale, with the same rights and protections as current newly qualified teachers.
The potential exists for this to be one element of a desperately needed programme of measures to resolve the recruitment and retention crisis faced by schools. Of course, the success of any development will be contingent on all schools having the budget to deliver improvements for the profession as a whole.
The DfE has made clear that its commitment to listen and engage with the profession when shaping developments. NAHT will, of course, respond formally. We encourage all members to read and respond to the consultation and to join one of the forthcoming consultation events.