I WAS pleased to read the clear and faithful reporting of the National Primary Teacher Education Conference's current initiative in relation to qualified teacher status standards (TES, November 5). However, I was dismayed to read the sub-heading provided. This implied that the problem in meeting the standards for QTS lies with providers. It is NaPTEC's firm belief (on which it is balloting institutions) that the problem lies not with providers, but with the nature and sheer number of the standards' requirements - 768 for most primary studies seeking QTS and 851 for those on 3-11 courses.
Professor Colin Richards, Chair, NaPTEC