Righting wrongs

15th June 2001 at 01:00
In one of her less well-chosen words this week, Estelle Morris warned she had "audiences" other than teachers. She may not have meant that popular impressions are what really count. But the high proportion of children now in sixth forms ensured this year's AS-levels debacle attracted considerable publicity. So it is not a complete surprise to find one of the first things the minister does is order a rapid inquiry.

Would-be teachers coming to grief over the skills tests which barred their way into the profession also arranted the minister's urgent concern, as did the schools hoping to employ them from September. Having obtained every other qualification, student teachers found themselves rejected at the 11th-hour for failing a timed arithmetic test that has no relevance to their classroom performance. Thankfully, Ms Morris has now addressed this injustice by allowing them unlimited opportunities to pass the test. It is not a perfect solution but her willingness to reconsider misconceived policies offers hope for the future.


Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now