Baroness Margaret Sharp of Guildford has called for equal status of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), the teaching qualifications for FE and schools respectively.
Baroness Sharp said, ‘Education at all levels depends crucially upon the quality of its teachers. The further education sector is no exception… Indeed, the sector requires that its teachers prove their competence both as good teachers and as good professionals within their own vocational or subject sphere.
‘Given this double professionalism, it really is extraordinary that there is still no alignment of qualifications between the school and FE sectors. The Skills Commission in which I participated earlier this year called for a unified approach for QTS and QTLS to be introduced as quickly as possible for all teachers of young people, and within the coalition I shall be doing my best to make sure that this advice is heeded.’
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