Teachers: Conditions of Employment

Education written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to enable schools to remove incompetent teachers from the classroom.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

We have made it easier for head teachers to identify and tackle underperformance.

On 13 January this year we announced new arrangements for dealing with teacher performance management and capability. These will strip away much of the bureaucracy and prescription of current arrangements, giving more freedom to schools to determine their own arrangements. We have replaced lengthy model policies on performance management and capability with one single model policy covering both.

These procedures are shorter and less complex than the current procedure and will make it possible, in some cases, for schools to dismiss under-performing teachers in about a term.

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