Teaching overhaul planned by DFE

Published on Wednesday, 24 November 2010 09:19
Posted by Scott Buckler

Plans to overhaul the way teachers are trained in England and how schools are funded will be set out later as part of the government's education White Paper


Education Secretary Michael Gove said he wanted to restore "the prestige, the esteem, the importance of teaching".

As part of the plans, former troops will be offered sponsorship to retrain as teachers, and there will be new aptitude tests for the profession.

Labour has accused Mr Gove of creating a competitive and segregated system.

One of the proposals is to raise the threshold at which schools are considered to be "failing" to fewer than 35% of pupils achieving five GCSEs graded A* to C.

Currently, the level is 30% and, based on 2009 data, the change would affect 439 schools. However, those below the standard but "making good progress" would get leeway.

Source: ©DFE

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