Scotland - Row over chartered teacher role

29th May 2009 at 01:00

Plans to change the role of chartered teachers by requiring them to make an "enhanced contribution" to schools have been branded a "Trojan horse" that would allow heads to take advantage of them.

A draft code of practice on the future of the post is to be considered next week by the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers. It lists what might be expected of them to "make a distinctive contribution to the school or education community". Heads and directors of education have long demanded chartered teachers should put themselves at the school's disposal.

But the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association (SSTA) says the guidance will give heads carte blanche to load additional responsibilities on them.

It says the document flies in the face of the post's original purpose - to acknowledge the worth of class teachers. There are now 750 chartered teachers in Scotland.

The Educational Institute of Scotland, the biggest teachers' union, has yet to endorse the guidance officially. This states that the chartered teacher "remains primarily a classroom teacher and at no point should be regarded as a management post".

But SSTA members voted unanimously at their annual congress last week, to reject attempts to expand chartered teachers' duties by suggesting an enhanced contribution. Delegates dismissed it as a "stitch-up" and a "Trojan horse". es.

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