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A number of teachers have reacted in fury online on the ITV News Facebook page over Labour plans to introduce so-called 'licences to teach'.
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Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers' union, has said that a licence to practice in teaching "should apply to headteachers and not just teachers", adding that it should also apply to state and independent schools.
Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), said it had serious doubts about a proposal to bring in licensing for its members.
Teaching unions have given a guarded welcome to Labour's plans for teaching licenses, but said that is should be accompanied by greater rights of access to high-quality training.
Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary of the National Union of Teachers told The Times (£):
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A Conservative Party spokesman has said the government is willing to look at any proposals which will "genuinely improve the quality of teaching", after Labour unveiled plans for teachers to be licensed. The spokesman added:
The "enormously important" role of teachers should be recognised, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has said, as Labour unveiled plans to issue licenses to teachers.
Mr Hunt told the BBC: "Just like lawyers and doctors they should have the same professional standing which means re-licensing themselves, which means continued professional development, which means being the best possible they can be.
"If you're not a motivated teacher - passionate about your subject, passionate about being in the classroom - then you shouldn't really be in this profession."
Teachers would have to be licensed and could be sacked if they fail tough checks on their abilities, under plans unveiled by Labour.
Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt said the change would help give teachers the same standing as professionals such as doctors and lawyers.
A similar proposal was floated by the previous Labour government - and branded "classroom MoTs" by former schools secretary Ed Balls.
However, it was opposed by some teaching unions and dropped before the 2010 general election.