Trainee teachers could benefit from new, high-quality training courses as part of Government proposals to drive up standards of teacher training and make sure every young person can be taught by a brilliant teacher.
The Government has today launched (5 July) a seven-week consultation on recommendations from a review of the Initial Teacher Training (ITT) market, led by Ian Bauckham and an expert panel.
The recommendations aim to strengthen quality standards for initial teacher training courses, including a new accreditation process, new intensive school placements and high-quality mentoring for trainees.
The review and its recommendations are intended to support the Government’s commitment to providing a high-quality education for every young person, wherever they live.
School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said:
The consultation seeks sector views on proposed changes to improve the quality of teacher training courses, such as:
New intensive school placements;
New lead mentor role and specialist training for mentors so they can provide high-quality support to trainees;
Rigorous quality assurance arrangements across ITT partnerships to ensure a high-quality experience for every trainee;
Accrediting all ITT providers based on the new quality requirements;
Utilising Teaching School Hubs to support training providers, especially locally and in disadvantaged communities.
The proposed reforms to ITT would follow a wide range of measures already taken by the Government to create world-leading training and support for teachers at every stage of their career.
These include the launch of the Early Career Framework reforms this September, which will provide all new teachers with a funded entitlement to a structured 2-year package of high-quality professional development at the start of their careers as well as the launch of a reformed suite of National Professional Qualifications for teachers and leaders this Autumn.
Ian Bauckham, Chair of the ITT Market Review Expert Advisory Group, CEO of Tenax Schools trust and Chair of Oak National Academy, said:
Sam Twiselton, Member of the ITT Market Review Expert Advisory Group, Director of Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University, said:
Richard Gill, Member of the ITT Market Review Expert Advisory Group, CEO of The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, said: