For the first time, the General Teaching Council for England – the profession\’s regulator – wants staff in the independent sector to be subjected to the same code as those in state schools.
It would mean all 45,000 teachers being forced to sign up to rules governing their behaviour.
At the moment, independent schools are free to hire staff without proper teaching experience directly from industry.
Some say it gives pupils more in depth tuition in certain areas which cannot be provided by teachers straight out of university.
But this is barred under GTC rules which require all teachers to carry professional qualifications – often gained on one-year postgraduate courses.
Two things: the one year post grad courses are little more than propaganda for the latest sociological idiocy. Shuggy, for example, has been known to point out that the only valuable part of it was the teaching practice which, I think, lasts 6 weeks.
The second is that this is part of the spread of the hateful credentialism of our times. Doesn\’t matter what you know, what you can do, no, it matters what pieces of paper you have.
Far from signing up to this being a mark of quality, it would be a mark of damnation on any private school stupid enough to sign up.