Degree of opportunity

6th February 2009 at 00:00

The Tories are promising teachers more opportunities to develop subject expertise. Sabbaticals and bursaries would be offered to help them gain masters degrees and doctorates. Michael Gove, the shadow children's secretary, said the changes would attract more high-achieving graduates to teaching. "The best teachers enter the profession to communicate their love of the subject to the next generation," he said. "You shouldn't stop being an academic physicist or part of the community of university historians when you enter teaching. Instead, your commitment to learning should be supported."

The plans differ from those of Labour, which wants teachers to gain a masters in teaching learning, rather than their subject specialism.

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