What we are looking for is:
* a two-year post-graduate induction period;
* three years' further continuing professional development;
* chartered teacher status.
We would expect chartered teachers to take more collegiate responsibility within schools and to maintain the chartered standards.
I am pleased to note that Mr Shaw's view of a progression to a chartered status for teachers would lead to higher pay; our five-year plan makes the same proposal. We believe that high status, underpinned by effective in-service training, is what will eventually lead to better pay for teachers. History has shown that campaigns for higher pay have done nothing to achieve high pay, let alone improve the status of the teacher. The PAT strategy stands a greater chance of that, especially if more political support is forthcoming.
JOHN R ANDREWS
Professional Association of Teachers
2 St James' Court