Today we welcome the announcement that Labour will insist that college teachers must be qualified, made by Tristram Hunt MP, Shadow Education Secretary at Association of Colleges (AoC) Annual Conference,
This follows the government’s August decision to revoke the ‘Further Education Teacher’s Qualifications (England) Regulations 2007’, meaning that individual colleges now determine whether or not their teachers are trained and qualified - posing real threat to the reputation of the further education sector.
NUS has joined forces with Institute for Learning (IfL) and sector professionals to lobby the government on this to change their decision by contacting the Scrutiny Committee directly accountable to their decision, and lobbying 350 MP’s across the country.
Vice President (Further Education) of NUS, Joe Vinson said:
“We’re excited by today’s announcement as it shows that sector professionals and students are being listened to, but we’ve still got a battle ahead of us to get the coalition government to change their position.
“I want professional teachers and trainers to stay at the heart of FE. I want to see their professional status remain, and I want them given the recognition and support they deserve because great and skilled teachers are what makes achieving and supported students.”