31/10/2011 10:48 GMT | Updated 31/12/2011 10:12 GMT

Ofsted: Tougher Teacher Training Needed To Raise Standards

Tougher training should be given to teachers in a bid to raise standards in the classroom, an education watchdog has proposed.

The guidelines, drawn up by Ofsted and published on Monday, would see a greater emphasis on teachers' behavioural management and ability to teach pupils to read, including those with special educational needs.

The ways in which trainee teacher providers are currently assessed would also change. The inspection will include an increased focus on trainees' subject knowledge and the quality of training.

Launching the consultation, chief inspector Miriam Rosen said Ofsted wanted more trainees to become "good or outstanding" teachers and secure employment in schools.

"This is why, in the new arrangements, we want to focus inspection more on observing current and former trainees in the classroom.

"We hope that changes to the way we inspect initial teacher education will enable inspectors to focus even more on the things that are important."

Rosen encouraged anyone with an interest in teacher education, including those who provide or are currently partaking in training, to share their views on the new proposals.