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As teachers around the world mark World Teachers’ Day on 5 October, the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union is demanding that governments across the UK ensure every child is taught by a qualified teacher who has the pay, working conditions, training and support they need to make the fullest possible use of their professional talents, knowledge and expertise.

The NASUWT will be setting out the principles it believes must be in place to ensure our education systems across the UK recognise and develop teachers as professionals.

The Union believes this requires:

  • high-quality initial teacher training;

  • all teachers working in state-funded schools to be in possession of qualified teacher status (QTS);

  • senior leaders in schools who are qualified and accredited as teachers;

  • career-long continuous professional development for all teachers and school leaders;

  • a move towards teaching as a Masters-level profession; and

  • a commitment to ensuring that teachers are remunerated appropriately.

NASUWT General Secretary Chris Keates said: “On World Teachers’ Day, which this year is dedicated to the theme of empowering teachers, the NASUWT is calling on governments and administrations to recognise that world-class education starts with creating the conditions by which teaching is a high-status, attractive profession where teachers have an entitlement to ongoing training and pedagogical development and working conditions which support them to focus on teaching and raising standards for every child.”

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