Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

PGCE Retains Status after Coalition Split

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

PGCE Retains Status after Coalition Split

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University heads have welcomed a decision - apparently caused by a split in the coalition government - not to go ahead with a recommendation in a review of initial teacher training that appeared to downgrade the value of postgraduate qualifications.

Sir Andrew Carter's report - published on 19 January - stated that it wanted students to understand that qualified teacher status (QTS) was "the essential component of ITT and that a PGCE [postgraduate certificate of education] is an optional academic qualification".

However, in its written response to the report, the Department for Education said that it could not take this forward because "the two coalition parties have different positions on this recommendation".

Sir Andrew's comment incensed some areas of the higher education sector and it is thought that it was the Liberal Democrats that blocked the Conservatives from acting on it.

A source close to Lib Dem schools minister David Laws said that the party "believes passionately that teaching is a high status profession, and must remain so in the future".

"We are not prepared to see the status of teaching undermined, which is why David Laws has stopped this recommendation from happening. …

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