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7 November 2012
Voice: the union for education professionals has welcomed the publication of the National Partnership Group’s Report on teacher education in Scotland.
Senior Professional Officer Jennifer Hannah said:
“Following our initial response on the Review of Teacher Education in Scotland, we are particularly pleased by the emphasis within the report on partnership working, to help ensure that the best use is made of the educational opportunities to be developed.
“Creating better links between schools and the teacher education institutions is necessary and would benefit new entrants to the profession.
“We are pleased that at least some Masters funding is being made available, initially to those who had partly completed the Chartered Teacher programme. However, it is unfortunate that the Chartered Teacher Scheme was scrapped outright, rather than reviewed, as was recommended in Graham Donaldson’s report.
“We will press for the National Implementation Board to financially recognise our Masters-level teachers, reinstating a ‘classroom career path’ as an alternative to progression to a management position.
“The emphasis on continuing professional development is very important in career development. It is hoped that the necessary resources will be made available to enable the aspirations for teacher learning to be fully realised, ensuring the best trained teachers for all our pupils.
“Voice will pursue every opportunity to influence the implementation agenda as it moves forward.”