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News - 4 August 2014

Nursery and primary school teacher status should be aligned

 The Pre-School Learning Alliance has said that Nursery school teachers should be given the same status and pay as those in primary school.

 
Nursery teachers were very disheartened at the government's failure to bring the two sets of teachers' status in line, said the charity.
 
But the government said the move was "not necessary".
 
The Pre-School Learning Alliance, which represents 14,000 early-years providers in the private and voluntary sector, says that as nurseries are independent, they do not have the same backing as state-funded schools, so cannot pay the same salaries to their staff.
 
Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Alliance, said: "The government claims that early-years teacher status is equal to qualified-teacher status, but this is simply not the case."
 
Lavinia Newman, Founder of ABDS and a qualified Mediator comments:
“Former Childcare Minister Elizabeth Truss introduced the training of early-years teachers in January 2013 in an attempt to boost their status. But this still did not give early-years teachers qualified-teacher status (QTS), like those in primary and secondary schools.”
 
A Department for Education (DfE) spokesman said the two types of teaching were "different jobs", so aiming to make progression from one into the other easier was not relevant.
 
In a statement, the DfE said: "Although there is a need to transform the status of the profession, we don't consider QTS necessary to do this.”
 
If you need any help and advice on Nursery Schools and or starting up a new business contact Lavinia Newman, Stuart Coleman or Tonmoy Kumar to discuss how ABDS can help
 
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