Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “NAHT welcomes the proposals set out in the DfE’s QTS consultation response. They echo much of what we have asked for and what we know will improve the profession of teaching.
“The key proposals around high quality training and induction for new teachers are very important. We are currently seeing too many teachers leaving the profession after only a few years in school. This is an enormous waste of money. Better support during newly qualified teachers’ first few years could make all the difference to them feeling like they can cope with the demands of the job.
“Ongoing training and development, dedicated mentoring, and more varied career pathways, will all help to retain new teachers and to make them the best they can be.
“We really welcome the focus on developing a high-quality, high-status, evidence-based teaching profession. Giving teachers the time and resources to become expert professionals is absolutely the right investment to make. A motivated and engaged workforce is key to providing the best education for our children.
“Allowing teachers to take sabbaticals to engage in research and to upskill is a great move and could allow teachers to find the pathways that will keep them in the profession for their whole careers.
“We look forward to working with the government on the detail and implementation of these proposals. But we would warn that they must be properly funded. With school budgets at breaking point, and with school staff forced to take on more and more responsibility as cuts are made, finding the time to properly focus on these measures will be hard. As always, good ideas are only good in practice when they are properly funded. And as welcome as sabbaticals, training and development to teachers, we do still need to see a lift to the 1% pay cap if we want to recruit and retain the very best.”
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