Consultation on strengthening QTS to run over Christmas

A consultation on the government’s plans to strengthen qualified teacher status (QTS) will be published this week, Justine Greening has announced.

The education secretary told MPs today the long-awaited proposals on teacher qualifications will be revealed “later this week”.

The timing of the release of the consultation means it will run over Christmas. The government was criticised for similar timing for its second national funding formula consultation, which was published on December 14 last year.

In February, Greening said a newly-strengthened QTS would come into effect from September 2019. She also pledged to keep a “high bar for entry” to the profession.

Since then, the Department for Education has set out proposals for new teaching apprenticeships, but stayed relatively quiet about its vision for QTS.

The government will also publish a social mobility action plan this week, Greening said.