Voice concerned by teacher apprenticeship plans

Date: 29.09.17
Voice concerned that the Education Secretary is planning to move away from graduate-only profession and introduce a teacher apprenticeship scheme.

News release

29 September 2017

Voice concerned by teacher apprenticeship plans

Voice: the union for education professionals – which represents teachers, headteachers and support staff – is concerned that the Education Secretary is planning to move away from the standard of a graduate-only profession and introduce a teacher apprenticeship scheme.

General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:

“There is no doubt that the current teacher recruitment and retention crisis requires a robust and effective long-term strategy, but I have grave reservations about this scheme as it stands at the moment.

“I am concerned that this is more about generating headlines at the party conference and trying to rush though a quick-fix solution which ticks a number of boxes. 

“There are many questions to be answered about the pay and conditions of teacher apprentices.

“Although more teachers are desperately needed, an approach which values quantity over quality is unlikely to meet government aspirations of an education for everyone, better PISA ranking and  improved employability prospects.

“Filling vacancies with lower paid staff may improve teacher numbers and save the Treasury money, but will such a strategy produce the required results?

“I am also concerned about the ability of schools and the system as a whole to provide proper training for these apprentices.  Will there be sufficient mentors and training resources?

“There are a lot of issues to iron out.”


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