Richard Harman’s letter to the Guardian re HMC’s teacher training scheme

The Guardian, 20/04/15, published Richard Harman's letter re HMC's teacher training scheme.

Sir,

The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, which represents the heads of the UK’s independent schools, is currently recruiting to its first national teacher training programme starting in August (Beyond university: the new wave of teacher training courses, 14 April). Given the recruitment and retention crisis and the need to develop high-quality teachers, it is a significant development. HMC teacher training is school-based and leads to a recognised PGCE qualification. Successful applicants are paid to train in some of the country’s leading independent schools and are required to gain experience teaching in state schools, qualifying them to work in both sectors. We are hopeful that this new initiative will both increase the numbers staying in teaching long-term and assist the stated ambition of all political parties to create the highest standards of teaching and school leadership.

Richard Harman
Chair, Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference