Licence to teach - what do you think?
05 Jul 2009
First we had the expectation that all teachers will gain a master in Teaching and Learning within their first 5 years in the job. Now the government has said it will introduce a 5-year renewable 'licence to teach'.
What is going on? Is this all about raising the status of teachers? Or is it about copying the tough entry standards - and good CPD - that exists in countries like Singapore, Finland, and Hong Kong?
On the one hand, it seems to be an acceptance that the real key to raising education standards is not simply setting government targets, or having a series of latest wheezes and gimmicks, but improving the quality of teachers. That may be good news.
But it might also be seen as a lack of trust in the teaching profession and the imposition of further, unnecessary burdens on school staff.
After lively exchanges on this website about the MTL, I'd be very interested to hear your views, especially if you are a teacher.