Gove wants to 'raise the bar' on teaching standards
11 Mar 2011
The government has announced a review of the professional standards expected of new and existing teachers.
Making the announcement, the Schools Secretary, Michael Gove, said he wanted to reform the current standards, which he described as 'a vague list of woolly aspirations', and replace them them with fewer but more focused requirements.
He said there was a need for a more 'rigorous' preparation for teaching and the bar was 'being raised' but - he added - teachers had 'nothing to fear'.
At present, he said only 1.5% of each cohort of new teachers failed to pass the standards and this suggested a mechanism that was more like a 'rubber stamp'.
Teachers will have to meet the new standards to both enter the profession and to stay in it. The new standards will come into effect in September 2012.
The review team will include:
Chair – Sally Coates, Principal of Burlington Danes Academy, London
• Richard Aird – headteacher of Barrs Court Special School, Hereford
• Professor Roy Blatchford – Director of the National Education Trust
• Joan Deslandes – headteacher of Kingsford Community School, Beckton
• Judith Fenn – Head of School Services at the Independent Schools Council
• Patrick Leeson – Independent Observer Director of Development, Education and Care at Ofsted
• John McIntosh OBE – former headteacher of the London Oratory School
• Dr Dan Moynihan – Chief Executive of Harris Academies
• Professor O’Hear – former Head of the Department of Education at Buckingham University
• Leanne Simmonds – Subject Leader of Modern Foreign Languages at Evelyn Grace Academy, London
• Patricia Sowter – Principal of Cuckoo Hall Academy
• Ava Sturridge-Packer CBE – headteacher of St Mary’s CofE Primary School, Birmingham
• Greg Wallace – Executive Principal for the London Fields/Woodberry Down Federation in Hackney
• Brett Wigdortz – Chief Executive of Teach First
• Lizzie Williams – Primary School lead teacher at King Solomon Academy, London