ITE Market Review
Market review information to Schools
The DfE has commissioned an Expert Advisory Group to undertake a Market Review of Initial Teacher Education (ITE). In terms of Government policy in this area the direction of travel appears to be towards a restructured system of teacher education despite the evident advantages of schools and universities working together closely for the benefit of the profession.
Following a number of stakeholder engagement events the expert group has made recommendations which can be found within the ITE Market Review Report.
The Department for Education is seeking views on the recommendations of the report through a public consultation. The consultation is now open and closes on Sunday 22nd August 2021.
We believe that the recommendations made within the report pose huge risks nationally for the future of ITE and we have a number of serious concerns, particularly relating to:
- The recommendation that every existing provider will be expected to go through an extensive accreditation system to deliver the proposed reform.
- The proposal of fewer, but larger ITE providers and the impact that any reduction on the number of accredited ITE providers will have on teacher supply and the availability of school placements.
- The cost implications of the proposals and the burdens that would be placed on schools as far as more prescribed mentor training and extra intensive placements for trainees.
- The implications of the proposals for the status and professionalism of teaching.
The Universities, Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) together with other organisations in the sector, through its #TeachBest campaign has been undertaking lobbying activities to highlight the high quality of existing ITE and to warn about the possible negative implications that the outcomes of the review would have for teacher quality and teacher sufficiency.
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