The new Teachers’ Standards

Oct 22, 2011

Miles Berry

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]