ABSTRACT

In England, people with no formal teaching qualifications are now permitted to be employed in semi-independent state schools called academies, 1 which are predominantly disadvantaged schools. England's Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove made this announcement just hours before the Opening Ceremony of the thirtieth Olympiad in London on 27 July 2012. It is old news now, but the message and the timing by the Minister, formerly a journalist for The Times,which is owned by the Murdoch Press in the UK, still has resonance. It was a watershed moment in teacher education that called into question the role and function of pre-service teacher education and training; the knowledge needs of teachers in disadvantaged schools; the work of experienced teachers, expected to teach students often with deep needs; and the preparation of student teachers who come without prior knowledge of the complexities in these schools.