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Final ITT review ‘more implementable’, says DfE adviser

Professor Sam Twiselton, who criticised review, says final proposals are 'more flexible, more doable', and hints at implementation delay

Professor Sam Twiselton, who criticised review, says final proposals are 'more flexible, more doable', and hints at implementation delay

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The government’s ITT review has been watered-down so it is “more implementable”, a member of its advisory group has suggested.

Professor Sam Twiselton said the final review initial teacher training market review, due out in the next few weeks, would be more “flexible and doable”.

She was one of many teacher training professionals who expressed doubts about the review when it was published in July. The initial proposals would have left providers having to apply for re-accreditation by next summer.

Twiselton told Schools Week at the time that the proposed reforms were “hugely risky” to teacher supply and quality, and backed delaying implementation for a year.

Speaking at the Schools and Academies Show today, Twiselton said the government had listened to concerns.

“You might have noticed that when the consultation was launched, I expressed some worries…not about what it was trying to achieve, but about how implementable it was.

“I think I’ve been listened to to an extent. So most of the proposals exist still in some form in the response, but have been made more flexible, more doable. And I’m hopeful there might be more time.”

The latter comment hints ministers have agreed to push back the deadline for re-accreditation, something Schools Week first revealed was on the table.

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