THE Government's proposal to encourage graduates to consider a teaching career demonstrates a genuine commitment to addressing the crisis in teacher education backed with real money.
However, it is still tackling only one part of a complex problem. Young people are staying away from teaching because they see a profession undermined by ministerial criticism and overloaded by years of prescriptions.
We should all be concerned that te proposals exclude students studying for the four-year education degree course. Such an omission presents a serious danger of sounding the death knell for the four-year course - the mainstay of primary teacher supply. Urgent consideration needs to be given to payments for undergraduates to achieve parity between the two routes to qualified teacher status.
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