Yesterday the DfE published the revised version of the Teachers’ Standards (ie QTS requirements).
Whilst I’m disappointed that there’s no mention of technology this time round, and a bit surprised that subject pedagogy doesn’t appear to get a look in beyond synthetic phonics and ‘early mathematics’ (Euclid? Pythagoras?), there’s much here that is, to my mind, very positive, eg
- “demonstrate a critical understanding of developments in the subject and curriculum areas, and promote the value of scholarship” (3b)
- “promote a love of learning and children’s intellectual curiosity” (4b)
- “reflect systematically on the effectiveness of lessons and approaches to teaching” (4c)
The revised standards include elements to replace the GTCE’s code of conduct, and thus include requirements such as:
- “Teachers uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school” [italics added]