Commenting on the Department for Education's announcement of an independent review into the standards of teaching, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said;
"It is quite remarkable that despite Michael Gove and previous Education Secretaries saying our teachers are the best for generations, in the space of ten years we will have seen three different definitions by Government of what makes a good teacher. It's regrettable that each new Secretary of State seems to use their position to interfere in teaching standards. This is about politics and not trusting teachers.
"For teachers to access training after qualifying it is essential that they have a properly funded entitlement to professional development so that they can continue to develop and hone their expertise. If this review is to gain the support of the professionals involved, it will have to ensure high quality development opportunities. In the present climate of cuts this will be a challenge for many schools."
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