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HAYS EDUCATION RESPONDS TO EDUCATION WHITE PAPER

HAYS EDUCATION RESPONDS TO EDUCATION WHITE PAPER

Hays Education, the leading recruiting expert, supports plans to make sure trainee teachers are exposed to more classroom based training as is due to be set out in the governments White Paper today. But Hays warns that removing the requirement for teachers to do a university-based course completely could be counter-productive and undervalue the teaching profession.

Roop Bhumbra, Director of Hays Education says, "University-based qualifications give schools the means to assess the quality of candidates applying for teaching positions, providing a baseline for individuals entering the profession and ensuring essential content is covered. However, there are other important skills and competencies that trainee teachers need to develop to be successful, including classroom management, planning and assessment and the ability to engage and inspire young people. These are all skills best developed on the job which highlights the importance of the governments plans to give trainee teachers the chance to translate theory into practice by spending more time in the classroom.

As more responsibility now rests with individual schools, colleges and academies, Hays encourages the government to make sure everyone, from head teachers to support staff, is given the right support and training to make the right decisions.

Roop Bhumbra says: Schools are challenged to attract and identify quality head teachers and need to be able to dedicate enough time in developing their leadership teams. The problem will only get worse as schools are given more autonomy, and head teachers face increasing complexity in terms of how they manage and lead them. Running a school now requires an additional set of skills, such as commercial awareness, and the government needs to provide the necessary support to equip them with the right skills. It would also be beneficial for leaders to have greater freedom over the way they manage their school costs, creating a closer link between pay and performance for their staff. If approached in the right manner, schools could use the changes to improve the way they attract, motivate and retain talented teachers.

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