Do you really need QTS to teach? Is it important? Or do you just need to be a specialist in a certain area to be able to teach our next generation…
Under new proposals, trainees with a particular expertise will be able to become a teacher even if they are not qualified. Those with specialist skills such as maths and science will be able to be hired by schools without needing QTS. Head teachers are to be given this power to hire unqualified teachers in a bid to try and plug the massive skills shortage in the teaching profession, a new white paper has suggested.
The government is proposing a policy that will scrap the QTS and replace it with a new “voluntary” National Professional Qualification. Aspiring teachers will essentially join a learner driver style process where an opportunity to demonstrate skills is given before being formally qualified. At the moment, teacher training is mandatory but ministers have said this will be scrapped and a new “voluntary” and more challenging accreditation will be introduced.
The decision to allow head teachers to recruit unqualified teachers will hopefully make it easier for schools to hire experts in shortage subjects such as science and maths. A new education White Paper states that “this new accreditation will raise the quality and status of the teaching profession.”
The new education White Paper also sets out plans for head teachers to be given two and a half year improvement period, where they will have the opportunity to turn round failing schools without facing an Ofsted inspection. The Government have implemented this reprieve in a bid to try and entice new head teachers to struggling schools. Heads have long complained that they risk their careers by taking over failing schools. The paper states that the Government will look to rebalance the incentives in the accountability system so that great leaders are encouraged to work in challenging schools and areas.
These changes have been welcomed by the interim General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), Malcolm Trobe who said “We believe this will help to ensure the highest standards and that it will be good for both new teachers and for schools.” Mr Trobe continued to say that the improvement period “is an important step in ensuring that leaders in struggling schools are given a period to embed improvement measures. Transforming a school does not happen overnight and this measure reflects that.”
But what do you think? Should skilled professionals be able to teach our next generation without getting their QTS status? Have your say here…