Making a mess with unqualified teachers

3rd December 2010 at 00:00

The Department for Education seems to be driven by competing and conflicting ideologies ("Unqualified staff can teach in free schools, says Gove" and editorial, November 26).

Centralise with inflexible targets yet undermine national pay and conditions for school staff; raise teaching standards but propose the employment of unqualified teachers in free schools (what next - unqualified doctors or lawyers?); revise the national curriculum but exempt its favourite type of school (academies) from following it; allow teachers freedom to teach but tell them how to do it - not so much a mass of contradictions but a mess of contradictions.

Philip Parkin, General secretary, Voice: the union for education professionals.

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