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.