• Schools forced to rethink teacher training after 'short-sighted' grant cut

    Schools are being forced to rethink whether their entire teacher training programmes are “viable” after the government took an axe to the level of teacher training bursaries and grants from next year. All bursaries previously offered to teacher trainees in shortage subjects have either been reduced or scrapped, while the much-vaunted early-career payments of up

    13.00 Oct. 16th, 2020 | News

  • 1 in 5 new teachers not employed in state schools within 16 months of qualifying

    Nearly a fifth of teachers were not teaching in a state-funded school in England within 16 months of qualifying, new statistics released today show. Figures released by the Department for Education reveal that the percentage of teachers working in a state school a year and four months after being awarded qualified teacher status dropped from

    11.49 Sep. 19th, 2019 | 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

  • '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