What’s in store for education in 2015?

Guardian Teacher Network, 31/01/14, after a year of reshuffles and with a general election looming, HMC member Tricia Kelleher, principal at the Stephen Perse Foundation, predicts what teachers and education professionals can expect from the new year.

The education landscape in 2015 will be dominated by the results of the May election. I predict a Labour-led coalition with the new education secretary faced with slowing the previous government’s reforms while trying to articulate a fresh approach.

Confusion will reign: A-level qualification reform will be paused with uncertainty over its future direction. Universities, particularly Cambridge, will lobby for the re-coupling of AS and A2 with a hope to make this permanent.

The disastrous policy around wresting teacher training from universities will become a key issue as the numbers entering the profession drops drastically, particularly in shortage subjects. Academies and free schools will experience staffing shortages as they can no longer appoint untrained teachers. Underpinning all this are challenges of funding.

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