Reality shows & degree requirements behind teacher shortage?

‘Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned head teachers they should refuse to take part in television reality shows.

Speaking to the ASCL head teachers' conference, he says such programmes give a "distorted" impression of modern state schools.

Sir Michael said such shows "provide great TV but little reality".

"All they do is reinforce the caricatures of comprehensive schools," said the Ofsted boss.

"They inevitably focus on the sensational, at the cost of presenting a balanced picture of what goes on in our schools," Sir Michael told head teachers at their annual conference in Birmingham.

"The spotlight always falls on the lippy kid and the newly qualified teacher in trouble and gives a distorted view of our state system.’ - BBC

‘'The reasons for the teacher shortages are already well documented so I don't need to dwell on them too much today, other than to say that the exponential growth in international schools abroad, many of which are sponsored by our top public schools, is pouring petrol on to the fire,' he said.’ – Mail Online

Meanwhile, professor of economics Simon Burgess says one simple change could solve the teacher shortage – remove the requirement that a teacher has a high degree classification: 

‘There are a number of points in the system in which the boundary between getting a 2:1 degree and a 2:2 degree is crucial. For example, in some subjects bursaries for teacher training are available only for people with at least a 2:1. The official Get Into Teaching website makes this clear. 

…the explicit or implicit restriction of teacher recruitment to those getting at least a 2:2 is pointless – it does not raise effectiveness. But it is harmful: it limits the hiring pool significantly. This is not about a quantity-quality trade-off. By relaxing this constraint we can seek more quantity at no cost in quality.’ - Guardian

 

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