"England’s new academy schools can now hire as teachers people who do not hold the formal qualification in teaching, the government has said. Officials say this means they will be free to hire 'great linguists, computer scientists and other specialists who have not worked in state schools before'.
"Until now, most state schools could only employ people with what is known as 'Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)'. Independent schools were exempt. The change brings academies in line with the new free schools, which are already free to employ people without QTS."
"A spokesman for the Department for Education said: ‘This policy will 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’."
If teachers in other publicly-funded schools have Qualified Teacher Status, why not in free schools and academies?
Yes, there are some unqualified teachers in private schools but they are small in number and have a specific and limited role. They should not be used as a benchmark for new types of school.
If QTS is rightly recognised by the Department as a standard of quality and competence for teachers then why not set it as the benchmark?
How do you raise teaching standards while encouraging the employment of unqualified teachers? How does this fit with the Government’s School Direct training for QTS, bursaries scheme and tougher English and maths tests for trainee teachers?
What next unqualified doctors, vets and lawyers as long as they are "great" people "who have not worked in" hospitals/surgeries or courts "before"?
Does the Government see teaching as a profession or a "craft" or simply a job that anybody can do?
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