• ITT providers must guarantee trainees have ‘fundamental English and maths skills'

    Initial teacher training providers will have to assess and offer assurance for the “fundamental English and mathematics” skills of trainee teachers after the government axed the QTS tests. An email sent to providers by the Department for Education, seen by Schools Week, said it will be an accreditation requirement from April for ITT providers to

    10.06 Sep. 13th, 2019 | News

  • Teacher drop-outs rise in every subject, and 8 more workforce findings

    The rate of teachers dropping out of the classroom increased for every single subject between 2015 and last year, new figures show. The Department for Education has published its latest analysis of data on teacher supply, retention and mobility. The analysis is published twice a year. Officials analysed the school workforce census data and initial teacher

    11.40 Sep. 27th, 2018 | News

  • School-led teacher training routes pull further ahead

    The proportion of trainee teachers that took the government’s favoured school-led route into the profession increased again last year, new figures have revealed. The Department for Education published initial teacher training statistics for 2016-17 this morning, and figures show the overall number of trainees gaining their QTS has remained stable at 91 per cent, the same

    11.37 Jul. 26th, 2018 | News

  • Teacher apprenticeship providers get fast-track treatment

    Thirty-six teacher-training organisations have been approved to deliver apprenticeships after the Department for Education opened a secret application window just for them. Seventeen academy trusts, 11 schools, three universities, three councils and two other organisations were given special treatment after a “disastrous” first attempt by the government to get teacher training providers registered, which saw

    10.30 Apr. 20th, 2018 | News

  • Five ways the DfE has damaged teacher recruitment

    Teacher training has always been too important to dabble with, as the implications of not getting the very best teachers in front of children in schools will affect the future of our country and society, explains Professor David Spendlove We should all be seriously concerned about the Department for Education’s two recent communications on initial

    14.40 Feb. 12th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Teacher education in England: A critical interrogation of school-led training, by Tony Brown

    Published during a period of great flux in English initial teacher education, this timely book documents the complex implications of the changes we’re experiencing, situating them within a broader international context. This is important, as ITE systems around the world are (as the author points out) so very different. It is also true that questions

    5.00 Jan. 28th, 2018 | Reviews

  • Why a SEND initial teacher training pathway is a bad idea

    Inclusive pedagogy should be built into the fabric of every initial teacher training programme, rather than bolted on as an afterthought, argues Jacqui Ver Loren van Themaat Many people across the sector have called for more in-depth knowledge in initial teacher training (ITT): more behaviour-management strategies, more focus on subject knowledge, and more special educational needs

    16.20 Sep. 18th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Ignore the rise in school-led teacher training routes – universities are here to stay

    The Department for Education’s recent Teacher Training Performance Profiles for 2015/16 prompted inevitable cries in the media of “the end of initial teacher training in universities”. They’re wrong, argues David Spendlove. Once again the DfE’s training figures, which showed an increase in school-led training, are more down to its own creative accounting than any radical

    16.50 Aug. 14th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Government presses on with non-graduate teaching apprenticeship

    Ministers are pressing ahead with proposals for an apprenticeship that would allow non-graduate teaching assistants to become qualified teachers, even though access to conventional teacher training would still be restricted to those with university degrees. Anne Milton (pictured), the minister for skills, has confirmed that the government is “developing an appropriate degree apprenticeship” that will

    19.05 Jul. 20th, 2017 | News

  • Government invites bidders for new 'innovative' teacher training fund

    The government is inviting bidders to apply for new funding to develop “innovative approaches” to initial teacher training. Education secretary Justine Greening announced the plans in March to ensure, she said, that “high-quality new teachers reach schools and areas that need them most”. She did not say how much cash was up for grabs, but

    5.00 Jul. 9th, 2017 | News

  • Teacher trainers blast DfE for hiding allocation data

    The government is under fire for its “unprecedented” refusal to reveal the full allocations for next year’s initial teacher training (ITT), even though officials have had the information for nearly six months. Teacher training providers including universities and schools were told last September how many students they could take onto their programmes for the academic

    5.00 Mar. 13th, 2017 | News