Labour plans to licence teachers and force them to pass rigorous tests every few years in order to keep their jobs have already run into opposition from the main teaching union.

The National Union of Teachers on Saturday denounced the proposal from Tristram Hunt, the shadow education secretary, as just another attempt to “denigrate” teachers.

Mr Hunt said teachers would not only face regular checks on the quality of their teaching, but also have to demonstrate that their subject knowledge and skills are up to date.

The proposals are similar to the plan for “classroom MOTs” which were drawn up by the last Labour administration, but were abandoned before the 2010 general election.


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