Month: February 2019

Government accused of ‘lowering the bar’ on recruitment

In a bid to beat the shortage of teachers in England’s classrooms, the government is being accused by teacher training providers of ‘lowering the bar’. They say that they are being put under pressure to justify their decisions for rejecting candidates. Now, the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) says that the answer to recruiting more teachers is not to make it easier for applicants to enter the profession. However, the government says that its recruitment requirements have not changed. They also point out that for those who gain qualified teacher status, then they must have met the...

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Teachers face a 2% ‘affordable’ pay rise cap

The government says that a pay rise for teachers should be capped at 2% because this is what ‘schools can afford’. This is despite strong pressure from teaching unions urging a pay rise of 5%. However, Damian Hinds, the education secretary, has submitted evidence to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) saying that a 2% pay rise is affordable. He wrote: “With the cost pressures being faced by schools, the headroom that is available for an increase in teacher pay is affordable nationally.” However, he also stated that there is no guarantee that a teacher pay increase would be...

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