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Labour defends teachers' licensing plans in England

11 January 2014 Last updated at 01:51 GMT

Shadow education secretary, Tristram Hunt has said that if Labour wins the next election, teachers working in state schools in England would have to apply for a licence every few years.

He said the system would mean most teachers would receive better training and development, while the worst ones could be sacked.

A similar proposal by Labour was dropped in the face of union opposition while it was in government.

However, Mr Hunt said the measure would improve the status of the profession.

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