This Friday is the deadline for the government’s Strengthening Qualified Teacher Status and career progression consultation. The DfE’s aim is to ensure the right structures are in place to support teachers at the beginning of their career and more opportunities are on offer to ensure that teaching is a rewarding and attractive long-term career.
DYT welcomes the Government’s focus on teacher recruitment and retention, we first called for a review of QTS in our Fish in the Tree report. Support for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) is timely (the number of secondary school teachers fell by 10,800 (5%) between 2010 and 2016) and we recognise the need to ensure early career teachers are well equipped to deal with the pressures of teaching, a rewarding career.
Our view is that Strengthening Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) should position SEND as a fundamental foundation block for all, not an added extra for some. An extension of the induction period, post-ITT will allow opportunities for NQTs to receive specific training to understand SEND learners and how to ensure their requirements are met in a classroom environment.
If we are to enable the 8 in 10 SEND learners in mainstream classrooms to prosper we must ensure that teachers can support them.
Look out for our full position paper released this week and tell us your thoughts by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s vital that the profession has its voice heard:
Elsewhere, the Education Committee will hold sessions on alternative provision and Ofsted this week, the EPI has released a new report on special schools and Nancy is in TES with advice for teachers on how to build good relationships with parents.
Education Committee: Evidence on Alternative Provision
Headteachers and local government officials will give evidence to MPs about the state of AP at 10 am in Room 15 in the Palace of Westminster. Among the witnesses includes the Manager of Essex Council’s Transformation of SEN Services. Find out more.
Education Committee: Oral questions to Ofsted
Amanda Spielman, the HMCI will face the committee at 10 am, there is likely to be a range of topics discussed including Ofsted’s controversial Bold Beginnings report and the future relationship between Ofsted and the Regional School Commissioners.
Women and Equalities Committee: questions to the Home Secretary
Amber Rudd, who is responsible for the government’s equalities policy will face questions from 10:15 about her work and priorities.
House of Lords: Oral question on the study of music in schools
From 3 pm the Lords will debate the level of opportunity pupils are given to study music.
Defend Digital Me are challenging the Department for Education’s new collection of children’s highly sensitive personal confidential data that started in January 2018.
Last September the government passed a new law to collect this highly sensitive data for these children placed in settings outside mainstream education.
“Pregnancy, mental health, young offender. Autism, disability, hearing impairment, and learning difficulties” are just some of the new labels that will be added to individual records from January 2018. By June, new data from the Alternative Provision Census will be ready for distribution to third parties.
Pupils and parents will not be asked for consent and most children are unlikely to be told at all.
DYT has supported the campaign – you can find out more and pledge your support here.
Fussy? Pushy? Demanding? Or just an anxious parent – TES news
DYT’s Nancy Gedge writes in TES saying that not making assumptions is key to building good relationships with parents.
Why we need more ethical SEND leaders – The Optimus Blog
Knowing and doing what is right should be a SENCO’s guiding principle, irrespective of outside pressure. Gareth Morewood makes the case for ethical leadership.
Headteachers Roundtable Summit 2018: Be bold, stay ethical and keep learning at the heart of solutions – Schools Week
Insufficient funding, excessive accountability, poor teacher retention and limited school autonomy were the core issues which 200 heads tackled last Friday at the second Headteachers Roundtable.