Evidence on attracting, training and retaining the best teachers
14 October 2011
SCORE's Evidence to the Education Select Committee Enquiry on attracting, training and retaining the best teachers
SCORE's response covers the following:
There is little evidence surrounding the characteristics that make an effective teacher in the sciences (and indeed other subjects). SCORE strongly recommends there is a real commitment from Government to undertake a longitudinal study into the characteristics of an effective teacher. Only through such a proper evidence-informed approach would it be possible to devise strategies for attracting and selecting the most suitable candidates for teaching and appropriately support Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and teachers in service
There is a known shortage of physics and chemistry teachers. SCORE strongly supports the 6 month Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses for Chemistry and Physics that have helped steadily to address this imbalance.
Government should work closely with the learned and professional bodies in establishing, and maintaining, standards as part of a drive to support and increase professionalism in teaching and career progression. This should include the use of chartered status.
Teaching communities and networks play a vital role in supporting effective teachers, particularly in schools in challenging circumstances (e.g. those in deprived areas and/or with a lack of subject specialist teachers). This needs to be recognised by Government through its support of learned and professional bodies in developing communities of practice.
Education Select Committee Enquiry on attracting, training and retaining the best teachers
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