Initial Teacher Training (ITT)Reforms
Trainee teachers will benefit from high-quality mentoring and increased time on school placements, through government reforms to drive up teacher training standards.
The government is today (1 December) confirming reforms to initial teacher training (ITT) courses, following consultation feedback from the sector, in order to drive up standards and ensure every child and young person can be taught by a brilliant teacher.
The reforms are backed by £35.7 million, with £25 million allocated to ensure trainees can receive high-quality mentoring support from experienced teachers and other experts – a key requirement of the new course standards.
The measures also require training providers to ensure that all courses have an evidence-based curriculum, are subject to quality assurance checks, and include at least four weeks of intensive training to strengthen the link between evidence-based theory and practice.
To ensure that every pupil receives a great education wherever they live, all training providers will go through a rigorous accreditation process against the new quality standards, ready to start delivering new ITT courses from September 2024.
The plans reflect feedback from the sector following a seven-week consultation launched in July, based on recommendations from a review of the ITT market led by Ian Bauckham, chair of the Expert Advisory Group.
The changes to drive up standards for initial teacher training include:
New intensive training and practice;
New lead mentors for trainees
Rigorous quality assurance arrangements 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.
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