Independent report

Independent review of teachers' standards: first report

This report provides recommendations to replace the standards required to achieve Qualified Teacher Status and pass induction.



The conclusion of Sir Michael Barber’s study of the world’s best performing school systems has fast become a guiding principle for developing education policy.

Concentrating on high-quality teachers and teaching requires a clear and universal understanding of the basic elements of good teaching. The standards which define expectations for teachers’ professional practice should therefore set the benchmark for excellent teaching and exemplary personal conduct.

The ‘Independent review of teachers’ standards’, chaired by Sally Coates, was launched by the Secretary of State for Education in March 2011. It brings together leading teachers, headteachers and other experts to review the existing framework of professional standards for teachers.