New guidelines for teachers

PUBLISHED: 14:59 19 July 2011


ALL North Somerset teachers will be expected to meet new standards of competence and conduct from September 2012, following an independent review of the skills they should have.

The new guidelines focus on the key elements of teaching, including subject knowledge, managing behaviour and teaching pupils with a variety of special needs.

The Government this week accepted the review’s recommendations including improving the rigour of teaching standards and ensuring there is a focus on the essential teaching skills required in the classroom, recommending a single set of standards for all teachers and setting a clear expectation that teachers must not undermine fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

The Government launched the review because it said the existing standards are not fit for purpose and the guidelines for North Somerset will be part of a national policy.

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