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Plans to make Devon teachers undergo checks every five years have been officially scrapped.
25000 people signed a petition against the new layer of bureaucracy to say there are already enough checks in place.
A survey showed 35% of student teachers would have given up the profession if a licence system had been introduced.
NUT South West secretary Andy Woolley says the move would have had a big affect on the profession and been a terrible idea,
"71 per cent of trainee teachers think this is a bad thing, and a large proportion of those said if they felt that this was going to
happen it might have discouraged them from actually joining the profession".