Quizzed on QTS and QTLS

22nd October 2010 at 01:00

In response to "GTC gives up fight on qualifications parity" (October 15), I feel obligated to repeat the request for the Government to review teaching qualifications across all education sectors.

The DTLLS (FE) and QTS (schools) teacher training qualifications have similar professional standards that have to be understood, but confusion comes when attempting to match the similarly named QTS with QTLS - the former being achieved during training and the latter being the professional recognition attained while working. It is more helpful to compare QTLS with the school NQT induction year.

Once the differences and similarities between the teacher training "qualifications" are acknowledged, the ridiculousness of the situation truly emerges. We have the same children and young people being taught by teachers and lecturers not recognised to teach in each others' sectors, but required to teach each others' learners. Would it not make more sense to have a single "universal" teaching qualification led by, and funded through, one training agency?

Dr Tanya Ovenden-Hope, associate professor, head of school and associate dean, University of Plymouth.

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