Teachers to serve 2 years in the class before gaining QTS under new proposal
A new proposal to increase the length of time it takes to gain QTS (Qualifed Teacher Status) has been developed and is 95% ready to go.
The initial work was undertaken by former education secretary Michael Gove and his special advisor Dominic Cummings. The DEF (Department for Education) proposals would involve raising the qualification period to 2 years and ensure a far more robust training process than what currently exists.
It is understood that the proposal have been met with positive reactions with Mary Bousted, head of the ALT stating that toughening up the entry procedure could be a way of ensuring the retention rate in teaching improves. Currently she believes that a lack of proper preparation and then support during an NQT year is a reason that there is such a high number of entrants to the professional fail or fall short during the first 2 years.
Dan Marrow, associate principal at Oasis Academy Kent, feels it would be a move in the right direction, adding that the issue with QTS is that it can been seen as more of a certificate for the completion of a course rather than a professional standard.