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ITT market review proposals will be put out to public consultation

The government will run a public consultation on the proposals of its controversial teacher training market review before they are implemented. Academies minister Baroness Berridge confirmed the consultation in the House of Lords today where she was told the review “appears to have alienated virtually every provider of teacher training in the country”. UCET fears the …

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Schools face severe staffing shortages as Government risks ‘breaking’ teacher education sector

Government’s teacher education market review may force dozens of universities out of the system  New data shows quality of training better than ever – jeopardising it on verge of pandemic recovery is ‘foolhardy’ say critics   More than 30 universities in England have warned they may be forced to stop offering teacher education programmes amid fears the Government will introduce an “unviable” new contracting system.  Internal polling carried out by the Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers has shown that 35 …

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Government review threatens at least 10,000 teacher training places a year  

Dozens of providers warn they may be forced to pull out of teacher training amid fears the system will be unviable  #TeachBest website launched to celebrate great teacher training providers  More than 30 teacher training providers in England have warned that they may pull out of the market amid fears the Government will introduce an “unviable” new system of short-term contracts.  Internal …

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Initial teacher training: 35 universities threaten to pull out

Warning that 10k initial teacher training places – third of current provision – could go if DfE introduced short term contracts. Dozens of universities have warned they may withdraw their teacher training provision amid fears that the government is about to introduce a new system of short-term contracts. A total of 35 out of 40 university initial …

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New Institute of Teaching ‘is an unnecessary symbol’

Former schools commissioner criticises DfE’s plan for a new teacher training organisation   The government’s “flagship” plan for a new Institute of Teaching to train 1,000 new teachers a year has been criticised as being an unnecessary “symbol” by a former schools commissioner.   Sir Tim Brighouse told the Foundation for Educational Development’s National Education Summit today that the institute was not needed …

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International QTS proposal gives SCITTs chance to expand overseas

Government proposals for an international QTS qualification represent a “real opportunity” for school-based providers to expand overseas, teacher training experts have said. A consultation published on Saturday set out proposals for an international qualified teacher status – or ‘iQTS’ qualification, which could be delivered by English school-centred initial teacher training providers (SCITT) and universities to countries around …

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Will £6m Institute of Teaching’s legacy be shortlived?

The government’s new Institute of Teaching could be freed from its obligations to the government within just four years, prompting fears about the project’s longevity. The Department for Education told potential providers that it does not expect to reprocure the contract to run the Institute of Teaching at the end of its initial framework agreement. Read more …

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Fears of new ‘strict’ teacher training hitting supply

There is “evidence” that the Department for Education is planning to impose a “strict and inflexible” curriculum for initial teacher training (ITT), which would “destroy the teacher supply base”, university teacher trainers are warning. The Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) says the government’s controversial review of teacher training is “shrouded in secrecy” but suspects it …

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