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

User Comments

Dennis O'Sullivan - 11 Mar 2011

review team

Thankfully, Mr Gove has continued in his practice of appointing only those heads not in community schools. Apologies to Joan at Kingsland.
We really can't have too many people who agree with Mr Gove.

Iftikhar Ahmad - 11 Mar 2011

Bilingual Muslim Teachers


Bilingual Muslim children need state funded Muslim schools with bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods.

Bilingual Muslim children need to learn and be well versed in standard English to follow the National Curriclum and go for higher studies and research to serve humanity. At the same time they need to learn and be well versed in Arabic as a religious language. They also need to learn and be well versed in Urdu and other community languages to keep in touch with their cultural roots and enjoy the beauty of their literature and poetry.

A Muslim is a citizen of this tiny global village. He/she does not want to become notoriously monolingual Brit.

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