Welcome for two-year QTS plan

Proposals to strengthen qualified teacher status (QTS) could help to tackle the recruitment and retention crisis in schools, but only if they come alongside government action to tackle workload issues, school leaders have said.

The Department for Education’s (DfE) proposals, unveiled for consultation last month, include doubling the period before teachers gain QTS from one to two years.

Also proposed is “stronger” mentoring provision for new teachers, the expansion of professional qualifications to include “specialisms to promote specialist career pathways”, and the creation of government guidance covering CPD entitlements. Other ideas include a pilot fund for work-related sabbaticals.

If approved, these plans would become statutory from September 2019 and be applied to those starting their initial teacher training from that point onwards.

The changes would mean that after their initial teacher training, teachers would be awarded Provisional QTS. They would then undertake a two-year induction period in school before receiving full QTS.

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