• Coronavirus: Special QTS arrangements do not give trainees 'free pass'

    Trainee teachers must not receive a “free pass” under the new system for awarding qualified teacher status, new guidance has warned. The Department for Education has published new advice for initial teacher training providers, which expands on a policy statement issued last month. School closures and social distancing rules implemented by the government have led

    14.33 Apr. 7th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Trainees to qualify based on progress made towards teachers' standards

    Trainee teachers due to qualify this year will be judged on their completed assessments and progress towards the teachers’ standards if they cannot complete their courses due to coronavirus disruption. In a policy statement sent to initial teacher training partnerships, seen by Schools Week, the Department for Education advised providers to continue to deliver courses

    19.10 Mar. 25th, 2020 | News

  • New specialist NPQ to focus on pupil wellbeing

    A new specialist qualification for “often overlooked” experienced teachers will focus on behaviour management and pupil wellbeing, Gavin Williamson said today. Speaking at the ASCL conference today, the education secretary announced details of two new national professional qualifications. One will help “train and develop teachers who are subject leads or responsible for improving teaching practice

    12.11 Mar. 13th, 2020 | News

  • 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