Labour plans to license teachers with 'classroom MoTs' that could see them sacked if they fail regular checks
Regular checks would 're-professionalise' teaching, according to shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt
Saturday 11 January 2014
Teachers would have to pass “classroom MOTs” or be dismissed if they fail rigorous checks, under plans put forward by Labour today.
Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt told the BBC: “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.”
He claimed licences would “re-professionalise” teachers and drive up standards.
The idea was unpopular with teaching unions when it was originally floated by then schools secretary Ed Balls in 2009. The proposals were dropped before the 2010 general election.
Mr Hunt told the BBC he wanted the “enormously important” role of teachers to be recognised.
“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,” he said.
Labour previously said it would ensure all teachers have qualified status and staff in academies would be given a deadline to complete a formal qualification.
Ian Fenn, the headteacher of Burnage Media Arts College in Manchester, told BBC Breakfast that in principle he would welcome the plan.
“I think that if we can see this as a way of validating the profession, of developing ourselves into becoming better practitioners, then it's to be welcomed,” he said.
“If it's going to be a test, that would be absolutely the wrong way to go about it - we're not cars, we don't need an MOT.”
The examinations would use a portfolio of work and look at evidence of how teachers support young people in their care.
A Conservative Party spokesman said it would look at any proposals that would “genuinely improve the quality of teaching”.
He added: "Fixing the schools system so young people have the skills they need is a key part of our long-term economic plan."
The government has given headteachers the power to remove substandard teachers from the classroom in a term, as opposed to a year previously, and scrapped time limits on classroom observations.
Teach First, a training programme, has also been expanded.
Florida man sentenced to two-and-a-half years for having sex on the beach in front of a child
Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
Man who was struck and killed by lightning in Brecon Beacons 'was carrying a selfie stick'
Greece debt crisis as it happened: EU chiefs at loggerheads hours before Alexis Tsipras’s last ditch deal proposals
Florida teacher sentenced to 22 years in prison for sexually abusing three pupils
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts
- 1 Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
- 3 World learns of app that shows you who unfriended you on Facebook, app promptly crashes
- 4 Chris Moyles reportedly set to make radio comeback with new breakfast show on XFM
- 5 The Greece debt crisis explained in less than 100 words
£22000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: To contribute to the day-to-da...
£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: It is also essential that you p...
£27000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Edinburgh city centre scho...
£30000 - £31000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An independent boys' school sit...