In his speech to the North of England Education conference, Tristam Hunt MP (Labour’s shadow secretary for education in the UK) said that if Labour were elected, they would “create a framework of new career pathways for teachers ‘taking inspiration from’ career progression routes in Singapore”. I think this is a good idea. And just for the record, I would still think it was a good idea if Michael Gove had said it.
In my last blog, I highlighted some common misconceptions about recruitment in Singapore – that teachers there have a much higher status than teachers in England, and that they require applicants to have higher qualifications than we do. Here I’ll lay out what actually explains Singapore’s impressive application figures (about eight applicants for every place) and speculate on whether we could do the same.
Three routes into teaching, three ways to finance it
Teaching is a competitive career in Singapore; about eight candidates apply for every place. Governments of other countries are naturally jealous. Wouldn’t it be great, they think, if we could be that picky, and only accept people with the brains and the initiative to do the job well, rather than falling over our feet to offer a teaching job to anyone with a Maths degree.
Lucy Crehan - a teacher and education explorer.