Training to be tougher

20 January 2010

by Margaret Holness

A CONSERVATIVE government would make it harder for would-be teachers to be accepted for training, David Cameron announced this week. Only those with a 2.2 degree or better would be funded for postgraduate courses, and all applicants would need at least a B grade in English and Maths at GCSE instead of a C as at present. Raising the status of the teaching profession was essential to improving schools and closing the gap between rich and poor, Mr Cameron said on Monday.

The announcement was welcomed by Professor Tim Wheeler, Vice-chancellor of Chester University, and chairman of the Cathedral Group of church-based universities. “We al­ready make those requirements,” he said. The Vice-chancellor of Christ Church University, Canterbury, Pro­fes­sor Michael Wright, said: “I wel­come moves to improve the regard in which teachers are held, and a substantial knowledge base is im­portant. But so are classroom skills.”

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