Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

NUS 'Terrified' by Plans for Teaching in Secure Colleges

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

NUS 'Terrified' by Plans for Teaching in Secure Colleges

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Vulnerable inmates deserve qualified teachers, it argues

Plans to allow unqualified teachers to work in controversial "secure colleges" for young offenders have been described as "terrifying" by the National Union of Students (NUS).

Currently, young offenders are sent to either a secure training centre or a young offender institution, depending on their age and offence, and spend about 12 hours a week in education. The new secure colleges will house offenders and double the time inmates spend on learning. The first is scheduled to open in Leicestershire in 2017 for more than 300 teenagers.

A Ministry of Justice consultation has revealed that, as with FE colleges and academies, secure colleges will be able to employ teaching staff who do not have qualified teacher status.

"It is terrifying to think that colleges could employ unqualified teaching staff," said Joe Vinson, NUS vice-president for FE. …

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