NUT: Teaching entry requirements is not the 'real issue'

All teachers need strong literacy skills and also a good grasp of mathematics.

It is however surprising that Michael Gove is showing such interest in the entry requirements for teacher training courses, while at the same time advocating that schools should be free to employ unqualified teachers.

The real issue is the training and support that teachers are given once they have entered into teaching training.

The morale in the profession is at an all time low.

Unless the Education Secretary addresses issues of teachers’ pay, working conditions and pensions, there will be fewer and fewer recruits to a profession that has never been under such continual attack, regardless of the entry requirements.

– Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers

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Trainee teachers test revamp

Prospective teachers in England will face tougher tests in English and maths from next year before they are allowed to start training in the profession. The Government says the changes are needed to raise the status of teaching.