Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Lecturers Defend Their Credentials

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Lecturers Defend Their Credentials

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Three-quarters disagree with scrapping teacher qualifications

Further education teachers in England are strongly opposed to the deregulation of teaching qualifications, a survey reveals.

In a final poll of its members before closing, the Institute for Learning asked FE teachers about issues affecting their professional practice. The results show that more than three-quarters of the 1,200 respondents disagree or strongly disagree with the government's move to scrap the requirement for FE teachers and trainers to be qualified (see bit.ly/IfLSurvey).

Ministers have said it is up to individual institutions to decide what qualifications its teachers need.

There was strong support among respondents for the expansion of apprenticeships and traineeships, but little support for changes to GCSEs. …

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