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Well, it strikes me as a small step in the right direction.

Plans to make it easier for head teachers in England to sack underperforming staff are to go ahead from September, the government says. It says poor teachers could be removed within a term instead of a year, which can be the case at present. The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, says schools have been “tangled in red tape” for too long when dealing with struggling staff. Teachers say the changes could be a bully’s charter, but heads back them.

And then…

Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: “The changes to the appraisal and capability policies will rightly be seen by teachers as an attack on their professionalism and will anger and depress them in equal measure.

Wrong. The very fact that incompetent teachers are retained speaks volumes as to how unprofessional the “profession” actually is. Poor teachers get to stay in situ, retire on full final salary pensions, and that is the way the Trade Unions aim to keep it.  Third rate teachers should be sacked as they damage generations of students. Naturally there should be a process for achieving their exit and the one proposed seems pretty sensible to me.

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