06 Jul 2016
MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today (6 July) published its response to the Department for Education’s White Paper Educational Excellence Everywhere. The response focuses on the White Paper’s proposals to further accelerate the role of schools in delivering initial teacher training (ITT), allow Ministers to designate ‘centres of excellence’ of teacher education and give headteachers responsibility for awarding qualified teaching status (QTS).
The MillionPlus response to the White Paper points out that:
In addition, MillionPlus calls for:
The response is to be discussed at a parliamentary roundtable today hosted by Neil Carmichael MP, Chair of the House of Commons Education Select Committee.
Speakers at the roundtable include Richard Wilson, Deputy Headteacher at Burton Morewood Primary Academy, Sonette Schwartz, Principal at Brockhill Park Performing Arts College in Kent, Kevin Courtney, Acting General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, representing MillionPlus.
Professor Thirunamachandran said:
“Much of the initial debate about the White Paper focused on the proposal to set a timetable by which all schools in England would become academies. However, the White Paper includes radical proposals for teacher education and qualifications which have received too little attention.
"MPs and Peers will have the opportunity to consider whether the White Paper is likely to live up to its promise of delivering educational excellence everywhere and in particular whether the problems of teacher shortage that are being experienced by schools throughout the country, are likely to be addressed.”
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