Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Become a Teacher in Six Months

This week I wanted to talk about news in the UK educational world which has caused a stir. The government have unveiled plans to change the time it takes to complete a teaching qualification to six months from a year which the course currently takes.

This has been seen as many as way to cash in on the current quality of applicants on the job market who may have fallen out of high power jobs due to the credit crunch and to make teaching more appealing to them. For some time the government has been advertising hard trying to get more people in to teaching and has offered many financial incentives but this could be their most newsworthy step to date.

With stories of schools becoming more unruly places and with many people complaining about the lack of respect some pupils have for teachers is six months training going to be enough time for people to learn the skills needed for the modern classroom?

Is this approach going to see quantity over quality? Are the government just trying to get more people in to teaching regardless of their training and suitability? Is this move going to affect the standard of teaching young people receive in our schools? These are just a handful of the questions that myself and other people across the country are asking this week.

Do we want a teaching pool filled with ex-bankers? I think personally that this country needs a diverse range of teachers from different backgrounds if we are truly going to give these young people the best education we can. Getting ex-bankers back in to work and to help create more teachers is a short term fix to some of the problems this country has but long term what problems is it going to cause for the young people in school today when they graduate? Are they going to have the education they need in order to contribute in the best way they can to our economy?

Adam Sibley
Founder of the Talented Young People organisation
"Envisage it, Believe it, Achieve it!"
”Shaking up the Youth of Today”

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