Teachers: Standards

Department for Education written question – answered on 15th October 2018.

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Photo of Peter Aldous Peter Aldous Conservative, Waveney

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department takes to ensure that Work Support Programmes for teachers follow the objectives set out in those teachers' appraisals.

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

It is for schools to determine how best to ensure that developmental objectives are reflected in the appraisal process.

The Department’s response to the consultation on ‘Strengthening QTS and Improving Career Progression for Teachers’ in May 2018 committed to strengthening the support offered to teachers at the early stages of their career and beyond. This includes strengthening the induction of Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) through the introduction of a new Early Career Framework and improving the provision of mentoring. To support teachers throughout their careers, the Department has committed to reconvening the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Expert Group to explore how high quality CPD for teachers can be increased.

An announcement was made on 8 October 2018 as part of Opportunity North East, committing £12 million to an early roll-out of this package of enhanced career support for NQTs in the North East. Schools in the North East will be able to benefit from this enhanced provision from September 2020, ahead of implementation to other regions from September 2021. Further details on this will be announced as part of the Department’s upcoming announcement on Recruitment and Retention later this year.

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