The DfE has launched a consultation on Strengthening Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and Improving Career Progression for Teachers. What might this mean for the education sector?
The National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) has responded and Executive Director Emma Hollis shared some of their key points with Education Executive.
The objective of the consultation is to support teachers, ensure the right structures are in place at the beginning of a teacher’s career, improve access to high-quality professional development and improve progression opportunities for all teachers throughout their careers.
In the first half of the consultation sets out the DfE’s proposal for a strengthened Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which includes:
- an extended induction period with QTS awarded at the end;
- development of a structured early career content framework setting out what all teachers need to know and areas for development;
- a stronger mentoring provision for new teachers.
In the second of the consultation the DfE has set out how they could support career development for teachers once they’ve gained QTS, which includes:
- expansion of professional qualifications to include specialisms to promote specialist career pathways;
- a range of options to help embed a culture of continuing professional development, building on work already underway;
- a pilot fund for work-related sabbaticals.
NASBTT has responded to the DfE consultation, following the submission NASBTT’s executive director Emma Hollis said: “NASBTT widely welcomes the proposals set out in the QTS consultation and feels very positive about the way the DfE is engaging with all stakeholders and is genuinely listening to what the profession wants. We are grateful for the explicit recognition of the excellent work already being carried out by the ITE sector and would endorse the view that the ‘work’ to be done is in the induction space rather than during the ITT year.”
However, they also raised concerns over the semantics of the proposal.
Emma continued: “Having recognised that the mechanism which leads to QTS is in an excellent place, it seems anomalous to then suggest that QTS needs improving. In fact, we would argue that QTS should remain where it is, with all the prestige and recognition that it, rightly, holds, and that Endorsed QTS should be awarded at the end of an extended induction period. Rather than ‘Strengthened QTS’, we would argue that what we are, in fact consulting on is ‘Strengthened Induction’.
“In all of our responses to the consultation we make the assumption that central funding will be provided to schools to allow these changes to take place. What is absolutely clear is that schools do not currently have the finances to support additional CPD for staff nor the reduction in timetables proposed for the extended induction period. For any of these proposals to be successful, funding must be committed which allows schools to commit time and resource into developing their staff. If left unfunded, the strain on schools would be too great and these proposals will have no chance of success.”
You can read more about the consultation and further comments from Emma Hollis, NASBTT's Executive Director on the Education Executive website.
Remember, you can submit a response before 9 March 2018.