Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Forums: Opinion

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Forums: Opinion

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Do you need to do skills tests to be a teacher?

According to Charlie Taylor on Radio 4, all teachers need do to the skills tests before starting teacher training. But at the same time, you can be an unqualified teacher in an academy and still teach.

robyn147

So having a degree, GCSE and A levels aren't enough. Phew, so glad I spent eight years working on them. Unnecessary bureaucracy and wasted money to prove what exam certificates already state.

lanokia

This is a shocking indictment of the exam system and GCSE standards. And academies can use unqualified teachers. Joined-up thinking?

existentialtyke

I don't think it is unreasonable to expect teachers to be literate and numerate. However, the same standard needs to be applied to all, meaning academies, state schools and private schools. I'd like to see all teachers having to have QTS, as in Scotland.

BelleDuJour

I wonder what would happen if all current teachers had to pass the test to continue teaching? …

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