Carter Review: let independent body design teacher training

A review of teacher training in England has recommended that future training courses should be designed by an independent body – and education secretary Nicky Morgan has agreed.

Headteacher Sir Andrew Carter was last year appointed to review all aspects of initial teacher training (ITT) and recommend where improvements could be made.

The report, published today, lists 18 recommendations. The first on the list states that the Department for Education should commission a ‘sector body’ to create a framework describing what trainee teachers will be taught on future courses.

In a written response, the government said: “The Secretary of State will respond to this recommendation by commissioning an independent working group made of expert representatives from the sector to develop the framework”.

The Carter Review also recommended that initial teacher training should require trainees to learn more about ‘deeper subject knowledge’, ‘evidence-based teaching’ and ‘child and adolescent development’.

The report also recommends that all trainee teachers undertake a placement in a special school, or a mainstream school with specialist provision.

The full list of recommendations is available in the Carter Review.

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