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Labour defends teachers' licensing plans in England

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.

  • 11 Jan 2014
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