Elite 'master teachers' to be put in schools by Labour

A drive to raise standards and ensure that top performers remain in the classroom would see a new elite grade of "master teachers" would be established in state schools under a Labour government, according to the shadow education secretary.

Tristram Hunt: Teachers to choose one of three careers

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has also announced that teachers would have to choose one of three new career routes, specialising either in classroom teaching methods, curriculum development in chosen subjects, or pursuit of eventual leadership roles.

Tristram Hunt: Teachers to choose one of three careers. Credit: PA

The Observer newspaper reported that the idea of master teachers as models of best practice – a system operating in Singapore – was recommended to Gove in a review on standards for the coalition government in 2011, but the policy was not taken up

According to the newspaper, the title would be awarded to those who met standards to be set by an independent body.

Elite 'master teachers' to be put in schools by Labour

A drive to raise standards and ensure that top performers remain in the classroom would see a new elite grade of "master teachers" would be established in state schools under a Labour government, according to the shadow education secretary.

Tristram Hunt. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The plans would establish a new top tier of teachers who could be handed higher salaries by headteachers and would be regarded as the "gold standard" in the profession.

According to the Observer, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt highlighted the difference between Labour's emphasis on the need for qualifications and experience, and education secretary Michael Gove's willingness to allow unqualified teachers to operate in free schools and academies.

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