• 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

  • 'Strengthened' QTS proposals will cost at least £336 million

    Schools need at least £336 million more per year to pay for the government’s proposed changes to teacher induction, according to new figures shared exclusively with Schools Week. New plans to extend the induction period of new teachers were positively received last week, but without more money to provide the additional support, schools won’t be

    11.00 May. 11th, 2018 | News

  • DfE 'looking at' resilience measure for trainee teachers

    A Bradford teacher-training organisation has reduced drop-out rates by screening applicants for their resilience. The wastage rate of teacher trainees at Bradford SCITT fell from 10 per cent to one per cent in the first year after applicants’ resilience was measured and those with low scores were targeted with support. The man behind the idea,

    5.00 May. 7th, 2018 | News

  • Teach First increases trainee numbers more in south than north

    Teach First has made progress placing trainees in the north of England but is still struggling in some areas, reflecting the recruitment difficulties faced by schools there. Figures seen exclusively by Schools Week show 630 trainees have been posted in northern areas and the Midlands this year, while 741 are stationed in the south including

    5.00 May. 5th, 2018 | News

  • Ofqual investigates examiners' experience and background

    Ofqual is surveying examiners on their background amid fears from teachers that some lack the experience to mark scripts to a suitable standard. Examiners will be assessed on how long they have been marking papers, whether they have degrees in their subjects, and how confident they feel at the task. The report will be published

    5.00 Apr. 29th, 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

  • Train all teachers in attachment issues, says trauma expert

    School staff should all be trained to deal with emotional trauma among children in care, according to an expert. New rules that require schools to appoint a specific member of staff to specialise in helping pupils in care are “insufficient”, said Tony Clifford (pictured below), who chairs the Attachment Research Community, who insisted that all

    7.00 Mar. 17th, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted boss calls for teachers to prove subject knowledge to stay qualified

    Teachers should have to prove their subject knowledge is up-to-date at regular intervals to maintain their qualified status, a top Ofsted boss has said. Professor Daniel Muijs (pictured), the watchdog’s head of research, said he supported a “periodic requirement” for teachers to demonstrate they know about the latest research and discoveries in their subject area.

    5.00 Mar. 3rd, 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

  • 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

  • Computing teachers to get 40 hours of training to upskill

    Computing teachers without qualifications in their subject will receive at least 40 hours of continuing professional development through an £84 million programme announced in the chancellor’s autumn budget. Nick Gibb, the schools minister, has shed further light on the government’s plans to “upskill” 8,000 computer science teachers. In a written answer to a question from

    11.23 Dec. 12th, 2017 | News