Barriers lifted for overseas recruits
The Department for Education and Employment is considering relaxing rules on training for some overseas teachers. Currently these state they all must train for a minimun of three months before they get qualified teacher status.
And the two-year ceiling on working in UK schools without QTS is likely to be increased to four years; a four-mnth limit on working in any one school without qualified status will also be eased.
Other proposals may see the Office for Standards in Education introduce lighter-touch inspections for teacher-training providers.
And the Teacher Training Agency could hand over control of the selection of some applicants for the graduate training progamme - which offers on-the-job training for mature entrants - to schools.