ASCL comment on strengthening QTS

15 December 2017

Commenting on the government’s consultation on strengthening Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), Malcolm Trobe, Deputy General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

“We welcome this consultation on strengthening QTS and the proposals for a renewed focus on high-quality professional development for existing teachers.

“We broadly agree with extending the period through which a teacher gains full QTS to two years. This approach, together with an enhanced support and development programme, can help to raise the status of teaching as a profession and encourage more people to become teachers.

“The consultation is right to identify that the development of teachers does not stop when they have obtained QTS, and having strong professional development throughout a teacher’s career is one of the measures needed to help retain teachers in the profession. But this must not be over-prescriptive as school leaders are in the best position to recognise the needs of their school and staff.

“These proposals – carefully managed and, most crucially, fully funded – have the potential to go some way to addressing the ongoing teacher recruitment and retention crisis. They can, however, only be part of the solution. Issues such as teacher and school leader workload, and the high-stakes nature of the accountability regime, must also be addressed, as part of an overarching strategy to ensure we have sufficient numbers of high-quality teachers to educate and inspire young people.”