ITE partnerships, and the teachers they teach, know how to #TeachBest
Initial Teacher Education (ITE) partnerships across England are exceptional, ensuring schools produce first-class, committed teachers who provide our country’s children and young people with the best start in life and the greatest opportunities to succeed after school. The quality of new teachers entering classrooms has never been better.
Prior to the market review, Ofsted judged every single teacher education partnership as ‘Good’ or better.
Yet we are concerned the government’s recommendations for changes to the ITE sector will result in potentially devastating consequences to the country’s teacher pipeline at the worst time imaginable
Under these recommendations, many ITE providers might decide the teacher training market is unviable and will withdraw. Indeed, more than 30 providers have already signalled that they may pull out, taking with them some 10,000 teacher training places a year. The new Institute of Teaching, which will provide 1,000 places, will not be able to fill this void, leading to a catastrophic shortage of teachers – a devastating consequence for the country’s teacher pipeline at the worst time imaginable.
We support the fact that ITE programmes are properly regulated and held to account for the quality of instruction they provide, just like any other publicly funded system. ITE should not be immune from criticism, but an enquiry conducted by the APPG for the Teaching Profession in July 2021 (link) found no evidence to justify such radical changes
Recommendations published by the DfE’s market review group on 5th July 2021 present huge risks. There should have been a proper call for evidence and it should have been conducted within a reasonable timescale, when the sector was moving beyond the pandemic and when Ofsted had returned to inspection and had a substantial evidence basis assessing how well or otherwise ITE providers are implementing the CCF. There are now widespread concerns amongst the sector that these proposals will actually damage quality and set the profession back, rather than advance it. Find out more about our concerns here.
We need the Government to reassess and undertake an evidence-based review in good time that enhances and improves our teacher training system, not diminishes it; and leads to a pipeline of even more great teachers, not fewer.
We are here to celebrate and protect this vital part of the school system: the ITE partnerships educating the very people who learn to thrive and become brilliant teachers themselves, shaping the future for children and young people.
Whether you are a student teacher, a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), an experienced teacher or leader, or a teacher education partnership, we would love to hear from you – including your suggestions about what could be done at system level to make our ITE sector even better!