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‘If a teacher isn’t making the grade, the children suffer’

National College chair says that schools are key to improving training and the quality of teaching

Roger Pope says teacher training has reached a “tipping point”.

The chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is reflecting on a numerical milestone. This year, for the first time, most newly qualified teachers have been trained by school-based, rather than university-based, schemes.

And Pope, who is responsible for advising the government on strategy to improve the workforce in education, sees schools as key to that goal.

“What we see in schools is an absolute appreciation of the fact that the biggest single factor in a school succeeding is the teacher,” he says. ...

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