We have the best generation of teachers ever in our schools, but if every child is to have the skills to help Britain earn its way out of this cost of living crisis, we need every school to be as good as Britain’s best.
The Government have talked down the teaching profession, allowing unqualified teachers into our classrooms and watering down standards. They have obsessed about school structures instead of the quality of teaching, which is what raises standards.
We can’t tolerate the unacceptably low standards of maths and English which exist in some schools. All teachers should have to become qualified, given greater opportunities to further their career progression and, as in other high status professions, be expected to undertake regular professional development, linked to revalidation on a rolling basis.