Licence limbo

20th November 2009 at 00:00

As part of an entitlement to professional development for all teachers, the "licence to teach" has merit in raising the professional status of teachers ("'Licence to teach' protest on the cards", November 13). However, introducing it will be problematic, not least because it raises issues over the role of the General Teaching Council for England.

Voice has reservations about how any "licence" system would operate. The CPD entitlement must be readily available and accessible across the country if teachers are to be judged on this. Good teachers must not lose their licence through no fault of their own - it must be a measure of quality rather than a bureaucratic burden.

Philip Parkin, General secretary, Voice, Derby.

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