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27 July 2012
Commenting on reports that the Department for Education's (DfE) intends to remove the requirement for teachers in academy schools to hold qualified teacher status, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers' union, said:
“These reports confirm the fears previously expressed by the NASUWT about the intention of ministers to seek to make teaching the poor relation of the professions in England.
“Such a move will reduce the status of teachers in England in the eyes of their colleagues and employers elsewhere in the UK.
“Qualified teacher status represents the means by which parents and public can be assured that children are receiving a guaranteed standard of teaching and learning. It is the entitlement of all children and young people to be taught by a qualified teacher.
The public would be horrified if people were able to practice medicine or law without the appropriate qualifications and they should be equally horrified by the removal by the Secretary of State of this important qualification for teachers.
“This move by the DfE is unacceptable on every level.”