Independent groups appointed to tackle initial teacher training in wake of Carter Review

Two independent bodies have been tasked with creating a new framework and new standards for initial teacher training (ITT) following a call from headteacher Sir Andrew Carter.

The Department for Education (DfE) has responded to the Carter Review of ITT by appointing Comberton Academy Trust chief executive Stephen Munday to lead an independent “expert group” to develop a core ITT framework.

It has also commissioned the Teaching Schools Council, chaired by Ashton on Mersey School executive principal Vicky Beer, to develop a new set of “aspirational standards” for school-based ITT mentors.

It comes after Sir Andrew, who was last year appointed to review all aspects of ITT and recommend where improvements could be made, used his report in January to call for a ‘sector body’ be set up to create a framework describing what trainee teachers will be taught on future courses.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said: “I was really pleased that Sir Andrew Carter’s report highlighted that overall the ITT system in England is performing well.

“We want to continue to ensure we have excellent teachers in our classrooms to prepare young people for life in modern Britain. That is why we have committed to taking forward these important recommendations to help drive up improvements in the ITT system further.

“I’m delighted to appoint Stephen Munday to chair the independent expert group to lead the work on developing a new ITT course content framework, and The Teaching Schools Council to develop new standards for ITT mentors.”

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