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Review team proposes recognition of 'Master Teachers'

13/12/2011 Joanna
The government is considering introducing a new standard which would recognise the very best teachers following the submission of an independent review commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE).

If the review team's suggestions are adopted, the new standard would change the way people approach teaching jobs, removing the three separate categories of teachers and replacing them with a single, high-quality attainment target.

Led by the principal of London's Burlington Danes Academy, Sally Coates, the review has suggested abolishing the existing system and creating a new 'Master Teacher Standard'.

Excellent teachers would be recognised by the new standard while providing a goal for teachers to aspire towards and plan their career development around, the DfE said in a statement released yesterday (December 13th).

Part of Ms Coates' brief when the review was commissioned was to simplify the system of teaching standards.

Welcoming the report's proposals, schools minister Nick Gibb said that the recommendations have the potential to bring clarity to the somewhat complicated and bureaucratic system.

"The proposal to establish a new Master Teacher Standard, that identifies and recognises our many outstanding teachers, will send a powerful message about what constitutes the very best in teaching," he said.

Establishing the new standard would be a step towards the government's ambition of raising the status of the teaching profession, the minister added.

Under the proposals, a clear range of qualities would need to be demonstrated to achieve the Master Teacher Standard.

Discussing her team's findings, Sally Coates said: "The Master Teacher Standard we are proposing takes the standards to a very high level for the most able teachers.

"It is designed to set out a powerful statement of what it means to be a really excellent teacher."

Teachers who have a profound impact on the lives of their students should be adequately recognised and the new standard would set out a vision for all teachers to aspire towards, she added.

Mr Gibb has now written to Ms Coates welcoming the report, saying that his department will carefully consider how to introduce her recommendations.

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