• 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

  • Cash-strapped specialist teacher training hubs struggle to recruit

    Specialist teacher training hubs set up to tackle teacher shortages in languages, physics and maths are struggling to sign up recruits. One centre has even begun to target downsizing businesses in the hope that laid-off employees might switch to teaching. The national mathematics and physics school-centred initial teacher-training (NMAPS) programme, led by Wycombe High School

    5.00 Jan. 21st, 2018 | News

  • Teaching assistants allowed to gain QTS through assessment-only route

    The number of teachers qualifying through a 12-week “assessment-only” route is rising, fuelling fears that providers are letting applicants without proper experience qualify for a price. Two years ago 912 people were awarded QTS through assessment alone, but that figure rose by 13 per cent to 1,034 last year, new data obtained by Schools Week

    5.00 Nov. 4th, 2017 | News

  • 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