Scottish parents’ groups join forces to call for the current level of teacher qualifications in Scotland to be maintained under the terms of the Internal Market Bill
The National Parent Forum of Scotland and Connect, share the General Teaching Council of Scotland’s (GTCS) concerns regarding the possible impact of the Internal Market Bill on Scottish education. We support the GTCS’s call for the current level of teacher qualifications to be maintained in Scotland: this is under threat because of the terms of the Internal Market Bill.
The Scottish education system has always been distinct from the English system, and teachers qualifying in Scotland are required to gain a degree or equivalent before they can register to teach. This is not the case in England and the Bill proposes that professionals who are recognised as such in one part of the UK should be treated the same in the other parts of the UK.
We believe many parents will be concerned by this proposal and that the exemptions already provided in the Bill to protect the status of the Scottish legal professions should be extended to teaching.