09 December 2014
Commenting on today’s announcement from Nicky Morgan and David Laws on the next steps for a College of Teaching, Peter Kent, ASCL president and headteacher of Lawrence Sheriff School in Rugby, said:
“ASCL has strongly supported the development of a College of Teaching since the idea was first mooted. Creating an independent body owned and led by the teaching profession, which sets and maintains professional standards, is an important step in making sure teaching has the same high status as other professions.
“The backing and support of the government is essential, but we also welcome the recognition by ministers that this has to be led by the profession. For it to succeed, the government must take a step back and trust the teaching profession to set the highest professional standards for itself. School leaders are ready to rise to the challenge and create a genuinely self-improving system which holds itself to account.
“The teaching profession needs a coherent framework for professional development, starting with initial teacher education and covering all stages of a teacher’s career. Teachers should never stop learning. There needs to be high quality opportunities for teachers to develop skills and knowledge throughout their careers, drawing on the latest evidence from research.”