NEW SUBJECTS IN CURRICULUM WILL REQUIRE EXPERT TEACHERS – TEATHER
5 February 2007

Ms Sarah Teather

Commenting on today’s launch of the Secondary Curriculum Review, Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary, Sarah Teather MP said:

“This is a key age range to focus on, as gains made at the end of primary school are often lost when a pupil makes the move to the unfamiliar atmosphere of secondary school.

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“But new subjects can’t be offered if there aren’t enough expert teachers. The Government is still failing to attract enough graduates in maths, science and modern languages into teaching. Without talented teachers to lead Mandarin or Arabic classes, a new more diverse curriculum will remain a pipe dream for most schools.

“While this does initially seem like a move in the right direction, what guarantee is there that a new Secretary of State under a Brown premiership won’t want to change everything again?

“Teachers will relish new freedoms to make lessons more exciting and the school day more dynamic. It has been central government diktats that have held them back and I’m glad Alan Johnson has now realised that.”

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