Michael Gove reckons bad teachers blight a child’s future. Too bloody right, unfortunately holding he buggers to account is nigh on impossible. Fortunately int he UK they are now about to start holding their feet to the irons:
Under-performing teachers are to be weeded out under new powers given to inspectors to scrutinise them and heads to have them sacked.
The powers, which come into force this week were described as “zero tolerance” by Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, and now put teachers under an unprecedented level of scrutiny.
Under new rules which come into force from tomorrow (MONDAY), Ofsted, the school inspectors, will toughen up its regime significantly.
Head teachers will get less than 24 hours notice of an Ofsted visit, while inspection teams will observe more classes, listen to pupils read, monitor behaviour and check payrolls to ensure the salaries of weak teachers reflects their performance.
There is concern that performance bonuses are being given to undeserving teachers.
At the same time as the new Ofsted regime comes into force, Government rules designed to tackle substandard teachers take effect.
Heads and governors will be able to sack the worst-performing staff in just a term – rather than a year – under new “capability” procedures.
Teachers have far greater rights to keep their jobs than most other workers, and unions have zealously defended procedures which mean just a handful have ever been sacked for incompetence.
A three hour a year limit on the amount of time head teachers could spend observing a teacher’s lessons has also been scrapped, allowing them to go in to classrooms as often as they like to root out low quality teaching.
Mr Gove promised “zero tolerance” of poor teachers.
“We’ve got a great generation of young teachers but every hour a child spends with a bad teacher blights their future,” he said.
“No parent would willingly tolerate bad teaching for their child and this government believes in zero tolerance for classroom failure. That is why we are changing the rules to give heads the power to ensure every child gets a fair chance.”