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TEACHER PROFILES PLANNED

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From Summer 1997 all newly qualified teachers will receive a detailed written profile of their competences and stre...
From Summer 1997 all newly qualified teachers will receive a detailed written profile of their competences and strengths measured against rigorous national standards the Teacher Training Agency announced today.

The profiles will:

-- Set new and clearer expectations for all future teachers;

-- Lead to improved programmes of induction for teachers when they take up their first post;

-- Feed back into improved preparation of new teachers by providers of initial training; and

-- Help raise standards of teachers and teaching.

Eighty initial training providers, as well as local education authorities, schools and teachers will help develop the profiles during a year long trial. The standards against which students will be assessed will also feed in to advice the TTA is preparing for education secretary Gillian Shephard on revised criteria for the award of qualified teacher status.

nthea Millett, chief executive of the TTA and the government's chief adviser on teachers said:

'We have long needed a clear national framework for profiling the knowledge, understanding, skills and abilities of all those who enter teaching.

'The profiles now on trial spell out the demanding levels of competence to be achieved across all the elements that make for a good classroom teacher, from the subject knowledge and teaching skills they need to enthuse, motivate and challenge our children, right through to everyday issues of classroom management.

'This trial will help us to ensure that, from Summer 1997, every entrant to teaching will arrive at their new school with a full career entry profile, detailing their competences and strengths, assessed against new and clearer criteria for qualified teacher status. That profile can then be the starting point for schools to deploy new entrants most effectively, to monitor and support them, and to ensure that they can show their competence on a sustained basis in order to become fully fledged members of the profession.'

The pilot will be evaluated by a team to be appointed next month following open competition. The materials being piloted were developed with the help of initial teacher training providers, teachers and others in 1995.

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