Education secretary, Nicky Morgan, has today outlined a three-part “new deal for teachers” in a message to colleagues.
The “new deal”, outlined in an email released from the Department for Education (DfE) outlines her determination to tackle workload, increase development opportunities for teachers, and establish an independent College of Teaching.
Ms Morgan also noted that she is spending “at least one day a week visiting schools across the country, observing classes and talking to teachers”.
Echoing messages made during the Conservative Party conference, Ms Morgan said that she believes in a school-led, diverse schools sector.
On plans for tackling workload, she said an action plan would be released in the coming weeks.
A commitment to finding greater opportunities for teachers was also detailed: “A revolution in the scale and quality of development opportunities available to teachers through a new fund to provide more high-quality, evidence-based professional development, led by a network of more than 600 outstanding teaching schools”.
Ms Morgan ended the note by calling teaching “more than just a job”.
“It’s a vocation and something to which people are called because of their determination to give something back and to change young lives,” she said.