Glad they want to improve the quality of teaching but it concerns me that so many children are being taught by TAs/cover supervisors/HLTAs. In one school I know a cover supervisor with NVQ Level 2 teaches classes every afternoon to cover PPA time.If they want to improve the qualifications of teachers how can that be acceptable?
@Newwave - the criticism of CVA is that it encourages schools with disadvantaged intakes to set low standards for their pupils.
So whilst it might be reasonable to make allowances for children from more deprived homes who tend start from a lower base academically, expecting them to progress at a slower rate is actually counterproductive.
The proposal is to retain the allowance for a lower starting base, but for allowance for other circumstances such as high FSM pupils, to be applied after assessment has taken place - rather than building them implicitly.
My DS goes to a high achieving secondary with nearly 70 Statemented pupils. Many of them have ASD but are actually pretty bright. Presumably the high number of Statements counts in their favour. If it is only FSM then maybe not.