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Kevin Brennan MP, Labour's Shadow Schools Minister, commenting on the Government’s announcements on trainee teacher tests, said: 

"Labour supports efforts to raise the quality but also the status of teachers, but other measures are needed. We need more high flying applicants, and Labour has set out plans through our New Deal for Teachers to expand schemes like Teach First, improve training and on the job development and incentivise bright graduates to teach in less well off communities. 

"However, the Government continues to insult teachers and damage morale with its extreme policies and out of touch rhetoric. Michael Gove called teachers “whingers” and 10,000 teachers have left the profession. That is putting school standards at risk."

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