Get Involved

Write to the Education Secretary
and your MP

Fill out the form below to send our campaign letters to Education Secretary Gavin Willamson and your MP.

Thank you from everyone at the #TeachBest campaign !

Send your tweet to
support us

Send your stories
and photos to us

Dear Secretary of State,

I am concerned that the Government is planning to re-shape the teacher training market in England with potentially devastating consequences to the country’s teacher pipeline at the worst time imaginable. 

Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, teachers up and down the country have put themselves second and their pupils first, making schools as safe as possible, designing and delivering superb remote learning, and providing face-to-face teaching whenever possible. The teaching profession’s response to the pandemic has been extraordinary. 

Some 30,000 teachers begin their teaching journey through Initial Teacher Education (ITE) partnerships each yearwith 80% of those via universities, through undergraduate and Master’s programmes, as well as strategic partnerships and mentoring support universities have with schools, colleges, SCITTs and others. These partnerships 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.Ofsted agreesjudging every single teacher education partnership as Good or Outstanding. The Government has often stated how proud it is that there are now 1.9 million more children in Good or Outstanding schools compared with 2010 – our teachers and their ITE providers deserve a great deal of credit for this. 

It is absolutely right that there is regular review of all publicly funded systems, and there are few systems more important than that by which we educate new teachers. 

That is why I support the fact that ITE programmes are properly regulated and held to account for the quality of ITE they provide. This includes, under the new Ofsted inspection framework, a requirement that the new Core Content Framework (CCF) is embedded within ITE programmes. Evidence on how well ITE providers have introduced the CCF will begin to be available when ITE inspections begin again this year.   

However, the market review of ITE currently being undertaken presents huge risks. There should be a proper call for evidence and it should be conducted within a reasonable timescale, when the sector is moving beyond the pandemic and when Ofsted has returned to inspection and has assessed how well or otherwise ITE providers are implementing the CCF. 

I am especially concerned that the review could propose a system under which a small number of selected organisations offer short-term contracts to ITE providers. Under these conditions, 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. 

[Add your own story here if you wish.] 

I hope the Government will reassess and take the decision to 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. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this. 

Yours sincerely, 

[YOUR NAME]

Dear Member of Parliament,

I am concerned that the Government is planning to re-shape the teacher training market in England with potentially devastating consequences to the country’s teacher pipeline at the worst time imaginable. 

Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, teachers up and down the country have put themselves second and their pupils first, making schools as safe as possible, designing and delivering superb remote learning, and providing face-to-face teaching whenever possible. The teaching profession’s response to the pandemic has been extraordinary. 

Some 30,000 teachers begin their teaching journey through Initial Teacher Education (ITE) partnerships each yearwith 80% of those via universities, through undergraduate and Master’s programmes, as well as strategic partnerships and mentoring support universities have with schools, colleges, SCITTs and othersThese partnerships 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.Ofsted agreesjudging every single teacher education partnership as Good or Outstanding. The Government has often stated how proud it is that there are now 1.9 million more children in Good or Outstanding schools compared with 2010 – our teachers and their ITE providers deserve a great deal of credit for this. 

It is absolutely right that there is regular review of all publicly funded systems, and there are few systems more important than that by which we educate new teachers. 

That is why I support the fact that ITE programmes are properly regulated and held to account for the quality of ITE they provide. This includes, under the new Ofsted inspection framework, a requirement that the new Core Content Framework (CCF) is embedded within ITE programmes. Evidence on how well ITE providers have introduced the CCF will begin to be available when ITE inspections begin again this year.   

However, the market review of ITE currently being undertaken presents huge risks. There should be a proper call for evidence and it should be conducted within a reasonable timescale, when the sector is moving beyond the pandemic and when Ofsted has returned to inspection and has assessed how well or otherwise ITE providers are implementing the CCF. 

I am especially concerned that the review could propose a system under which a small number of selected organisations offer short-term contracts to ITE providers. Under these conditions, 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. 

[Add your own story here if you wish.] 

I hope the Government will reassess and take the decision to 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. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this. 

Yours sincerely, 

[YOUR NAME]

SHARE YOUR STORY