There are dangers in the chief inspector's suggestion of 'parachuting' top teachers into struggling schools, says union official Nansi Ellis
Some secondary school teachers were guilty of "significantly" over-marking pupils' GCSE English work in a bid to boost results, Ofqual said.
Trainee teachers are set to face more difficult tests in English and maths before they are allowed to start training in the profession.
Leaders of the other largest teachers' unions, the NASUWT, will meet on February 14 to consider calling industrial action.
General secretary Chris Keates said "The Secretary of State [for Education] must understand that the teaching profession is on the verge of a crisis."
The general secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), Christine Blower, has blamed the forthcoming strike action on the "intransigent" Education Secretary Michael Gove.
She said the two main teaching unions - NUT and NASUWT - met Mr Gove 17 weeks ago, but that there has been no progress since then.
– Christine Blower, general secretary, nut
Michael Gove's persistent refusals to address our ongoing dispute over pay, pensions and conditions of service, is unnecessary and deeply damaging.
As a result, thousands of good, experienced teachers are leaving or considering leaving the job and a teacher shortage crisis is looming with two in five teachers leaving the profession in their first five years ...
The Education Secretary has put obstacle after obstacle in the way of talks, showing no serious attempt to resolve - or even to discuss - the matters in dispute.
Teachers in England and Wales are to strike on March 26 in a long-running dispute over pay, pensions and conditions, the National Union of Teachers announced today.
Researchers at Buckingham University's Centre for Education and Employment Research analysed official figures on teacher training for the 2011/12 academic year, looking at where trainees study, the numbers entering the profession and the types of qualifications they hold.
They reveal that of the 36,898 people in their final year of training in 2011/12:
- Around one in four (25.3%) were not in teaching the following January (six months later).
- Around 3,927 (10.6%) of these never achieved Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) while the others were simply recorded as not being in teaching posts.
"Together they amount to a quarter of the recruits not making it into the classroom, at least straightaway," the report says.
It adds that this seems like a "wasteful loss", but adds that it is 5.2% points lower than the proportion that were not in teaching at the same point the year before.
- A breakdown of the figures shows that 80.9% of those who-trained on programmes led by schools entered teaching
- compared to three-quarters (76.1%) of those on university-led courses.
Almost 10,000 budding teachers were not in the classroom six months after leaving training courses in 2012, according to new research.
More than one in 10 of those in their final year of training failed to pass or meet the requirements to become a qualified teacher, it found.
The latest Good Teacher Training Guide also reveals that would-be teachers who train in schools are more likely to take up teaching posts than those who train on university courses.
But university-led teacher training is more likely to attract applicants with good degrees.The findings come as the Government attempts to overhaul teacher training, moving it away from universities and into schools.
Teaching unions said that any teacher that abuses their position should face the full consequences but also said they had concerns about the impact of false claims.
– Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT)
There can be misunderstandings and malicious allegations are made, so it is critical that investigations are carried out quickly with due process.
The data on how many teachers have been accused of having a relationship with a pupil is based on responses from 137 councils who were asked how many school staff were suspended, dismissed or faced disciplinary action after being accused of some form of sexual relationship with a pupil.
– Donald Findlater, a child abuse expert with The Lucy Faithfull Foundation t
If a child develops the courage to say something, we have to take it seriously.
That does not mean we have to assume it is absolutely true, but we have to take it seriously and investigate it.
He said that he agreed that a false claim can ruin a teacher's career, but added that research conducted for the Government had shown that just 2% of allegations against teachers are malicious. The statistics apply to state schools under local council control.
Nearly 1,000 teachers have been accused of having a relationship with a pupil in the last five years, according to research. Of these, just over one in four faced police charges.
The figures, obtained by BBC Newsbeat through a Freedom of Information (FoI) request, show that between 2008 and 2013, at least 959 teachers and other school staff were accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a pupil.
At least 254 of these cases (26%) led to a police charge, the findings show, although Newsbeat said that it was not clear from the responses how many of these cases led to a prosecution, conviction, or were dismissed.
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'.
Some people think that teachers only work from 9am till 3pm. The average teacher works 100-110 hours a week as I have to, and that is every week including holidays.
We have to plan, mark and assess around 500-600 pieces of work per week, that's on average. Planning and assessment takes up about 40-50 hours of my week every week.
I've worked in my job for 12 plus years and I must admit the teachers I work with are outstanding, also excellent. But - agency teachers not quite sure about - get paid far too much and have no consideration or care for the children / really not fair on the school or the children.
They are already making the teaching profession almost impossible. The amount of hours we put in trying to manage the work load and little chance of actually having some sort of life is depressing enough. Leave us to do what we love and are passionate about - help children achieve their potential.
Join the debate on the ITV News Facebook page.
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.
– Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT
It is deeply debilitating and demoralising for teachers that any attempt to have a public debate about developing the teaching profession and the quality of teaching inevitably is hijacked by commentators and presented as a system to 'root out incompetent teachers' and present our public education system as failing.
No group of workers, least of all teachers, deserves to be treated in this way. No wonder resignations from the profession are high and recruitment to teacher training is falling.