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Expulsion for ‘failing’ teachers coming to a school near you?

| March 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

If UK Education Secretary Education Secretary Michael Gove gets his way, from September 2012 UK school Heads will be able to fire poor teachers in the space of a single term instead of a year.

In an effort to reform British schools, Gove also wants parents to be able to join Heads in observing teachers in the classroom and assessing their performance at will. “You wouldn’t tolerate an underperforming surgeon in an operating theatre,” Gove said, adding that his ministry will also put into place an assessment strategy that will monitor new teachers closely to prevent them from ‘slacking off ’, as well as scrapping guidance regulations in an effort to streamline the system.

Pointing out that only 17 teachers in the UK have been struck off the roll for incompetence over the last decade, The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) said members would “oppose these changes vigorously”. Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, agreed, saying: “The changes to the appraisal and capability policies will rightly be seen by teachers as an attack on their professionalism.”

Category: Autumn 2012

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