Your at-a-glance guide to the new schools white paper

Education secretary Nicky Morgan’s schools white paper was published this morning. It reveals that the government intends to:

  • Replace the current ‘Qualified Teacher Status’ will be replaced with a “stronger, more challenging accreditation based on a teacher’s effectiveness in the classroom, as judged by great schools”.
  • Reform the National College for Teaching and Leadership “ensuring that in addition to delivering our leadership remit, we are better able to design and deliver well-targeted incentives, teacher recruitment campaigns and opportunities that attract sufficient, high quality new entrants to the profession”
  • Reform allocation of teacher training places so that initial teacher training “is delivered by the best Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and school-led providerswhere new entrants are most needed, where places are most likely to be filled, and where training is most likely to be delivered well”.
  • Continue to “increase the proportion of ITT offered by the best schools”
  • Strengthen initial teacher training content, “focusing on helping new teachers enter the classroom with sufficient subject knowledge, practical behaviour management skills, understanding of special educational needs, and a greater understanding of the most up-to-date research on how pupils learn”.
  • Create a new standard for teachers’ continuous professional development to help schools improve the quality and availability of CPD.
  • Will examine the feasibility of incentivising teaching schools to publish their research and CPD materials on an ‘open-source’ basis
  • Establishment of a new peer-reviewed British education journal, independent of government.
  • Create simple web tools that enable schools to advertise vacancies for free and a new national teacher vacancy website
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