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Training move would widen learning gap

While Michael Gove is making plans to move teacher training out of universities and into schools, he should reflect on the fact that in many other European countries - particularly those that outperform the UK on Pisa scores - teachers already spend far more time studying than they do here.

In Denmark it takes five years to become a teacher and in the Netherlands it takes four. Secondary school teachers in Germany spend four and a half years at university plus a further two and a half in a school setting. All teachers in Finland are required to do a two-year masters degree in education.

At a time when the Government is professing its commitment to raising standards of teaching, this does not seem a wise move.

Fiona Carnie, Vice-president, European Forum for Freedom in Education, Germany, www.effe-eu.org.

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