“Once again, the Government has missed the opportunity to take the profession with them in the development of new qualifications.

“The advisory group is a snub, not just to organisations who represent teachers, but also to the many university departments that have so much expertise in teacher training. There is a serious lack of transparency in how these panels are generated.

“The National Education Union agrees that there must be a route for teachers who do not wish to pursue the traditional leadership pathways.  Surely, therefore, we cannot afford to let the opportunity offered by the National Professional Qualifications be undermined by a lack of professional confidence.”