Ok I will answer myself. From the consultation document " We will expand teach first" ".....who have good degrees from elite universities and outstanding personal qualities" From Teach First " The teach first Leadership development program ........focuses on developing them As a leader of learning as well as Giving the participants skills and knowledge around Leading organisations And leading people" So it is more about attracting the bright young things who will spend minimum time as a classroom teacher and will follow the accelerated track to SMT that has become so apparent over the past decade. So why keep discussing whether a good degree will make a good classroom teacher for our innumerate, our SEN, our low ability, our unmotivated, our C / D borderline, our A / A star pupils. If they are good they won't stay in the classroom for long, if the aren't good teachers they will be trained as good managers so won't stay in the classroom for long. Soon we can just miss out the classroom teaching bit, get a good degree from an elite university and go straight in as a HOD then on to SL. The tiered entry highlighted by the tiered bursaries can continue with tiered progression routes through the profession. After all, why waste time learning the trade in the classroom when you have the outstanding personal qualities and management training to lead those who made the strange choices to stay in the classroom for 5, 10, 15 or more years. Silly them!