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As part of its drive to promote excellence in teaching, the Teacher Training Agency published today objectives and ...
As part of its drive to promote excellence in teaching, the Teacher Training Agency published today objectives and targets for securing high quality initial and in-service training for teachers, which will lead to improved standards in the classroom.

The TTA's Corporate Plan 1996 provides for:

-- High quality providers of teacher training to be allocated more training places and given access to additional funding

-- The development - in collaboration with OFSTED - of a system to assesses the effectiveness of initial teacher training in schools and higher education institutions

-- Development of clearly defined standards of knowledge, understanding, skills and abilities required by newly qualified teachers

-- Introduction of career entry profiles for newly qualified teachers setting out their strengths and training needs at their first school

-- Establishment of National Standards which lay down clear and explicit expectations of teachers

-- Development of the first high quality National Professional Qualification for Headteachers.

Speaking at the launch of the Corporate Plan, Anthea Millett, chief executive of the TTA said:

'The plans we are publishing today reflect on the need to provide pupils with teaching of the highest quality. For too long we have failed to secure consistent high quality, fully articulated training programmes for all our teachers covering initial training, induction and Continuing Professional Development. Working with the profession, we are now in a position to start putting things right.

'I know that by seeking to ensure effective, co-ordinated professional development we will not only help ensure that pupils get the high quality education they need but raise the standing and profile of the teaching profession itself.'

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