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Increased Employing Freedom for Academy Schools

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Increased Employing Freedom for Academy Schools

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Head teachers of Academy schools are no longer barred from hiring teachers who do not have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) following a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), the Department for Education (DfE) has announced.

The change to the model funding agreement for conversion to Academy status brings this policy into line with that already in force for the first 24 Free Schools opened, business-backed 'Studio' Schools and University Technical Challenges, and existing academies will also be able to benefit from the new freedom if they wish.

The DfE said the change would "free up academies to employ professionals - like scientists, engineers, musicians, university professors and experienced teachers and heads from overseas and the independent sector - who may be extremely well-qualified and are excellent teachers, but do not have QTS status".

"Ensuring the highest quality of teaching is paramount to the success of each school," it added. "Head teachers know this, which is why we trust them to employ staff that they believe to be well-qualified in the job. …

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