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Raising status of profession is welcome but not at cost of increased bureaucracy or scrutiny, says NAHT

School leaders’ union, NAHT, said today it was pleased to hear Tristram Hunt calling for the raised status for the teaching profession but warned that any proposed teaching licences require careful thought, and should replace current forms of accountability not add to them. 

Commenting on the shadow education secretary’s speech, Russell Hobby, general secretary of NAHT (National Association of Head Teachers), said: “Tristram Hunt’s commitment to ensuring all teachers have qualified teacher status (QTS) and engage in ongoing career development is good news. The recognition that structure is a means to an end rather than end in itself is similarly welcome. We need to get the debate back on the ground of teaching quality. 

“We are also pleased that he seems to be anxious to involve the profession in designing any future scheme for regular re-validation of teaching skills. A desire to engage rather than dictate is a welcome change. 

“However, there are concerns about the practicality and impact of a licensing scheme. Any scheme with teeth is likely to be both expensive and intrusive. What will make way to ensure the scheme is affordable, practical and motivational? Perhaps we could start by scaling back Ofsted, which currently provides a rather crude form of validation.”

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Page Published: 15/01/2014