England’s teacher training system ‘broken down’

The system of planning teacher training in England has broken down and risks a future shortage of teachers, a university think tank says. This is from the BBC…

The Department for Education has switched about 9,000 teacher training places from universities to schools under its School Direct programme.

But Million+ predicts, with only 45% of places on it filled, there will be 3,000 fewer teachers trained by 2014.

The government said heads were choosing “only the brightest graduates”.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Education said the programme was “a response to what schools told us they wanted, a greater role in selecting and recruiting trainees with potential to be outstanding teachers”.

She added the programme was proving “extremely popular”. By May some 22,500 people had applied for half as many places.

She added head teachers had rightly been choosey, only accepting graduates with the highest skills.

The Commons Education Select Committee is conducting an inquiry into teacher training and has just published evidence submitted to it.

In her evidence to the committee, Pam Tatlow, chief executive of Million+ – a think tank that also represents newer universities – said School Direct, , which is focused around on-the-job, school-based training, had been introduced “without any robust assessment of its impact on teacher supply”.

“Ministers say that schools should lead the commissioning of teacher training, but it is clear that this will not guarantee the number of trained teachers that will be needed by schools across the country in the future.

“Universities that have run very successful programmes to enhance the expertise of prospective teachers in key specialist shortage subjects are not being allocated numbers.”

She added: “The combined impact of the new Ofsted regime under which fewer schools are being classed as outstanding, new rules which debar universities rated as good teacher training providers from having any guarantee of training numbers and the transfer of places to schools which are clearly finding it difficult to recruit suitable applicants has created a triple whammy.

“As a result the national system for planning and delivering an adequate number of qualified and trained teachers has broken down.”

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Your thoughts on this report from @Million_Plus? Are they making a fair point and has something gone fundamentally wrong in moving teacher training from universities to the School Direct programme? Please let us know what you think!

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  1. JulieADexter

    SchoolsImprove Worrying. Hw do trainee teachers gain knowledge of theories behind teaching strategies if they don’t actually study? Flawed.

  2. kerrihoneysett

    SchoolsImprove changes to #skillstest will cause a few to drop out. Changed half way through my training. Unfair & unjust…1/2

  3. kerrihoneysett

    SchoolsImprove 2/2 Now if I don’t pass I’m £30k in debt for nothing. Probably too nervous to pass now, even though v capable of doing so.

  4. NWadsworth90

    (2/2) SchoolsImprove went through gttr as well and looking forward to my place at Leeds Trin. Poor effort school direct

  5. DaveHarrisITE

    SchoolsImprove million_plus We could give SD time, I’m sure the nation will stop having children for a few years to give SD a chance 😉

  6. spokeninjest

    SchoolsImprove What about 100s of police trainers who taught full time having a bespoke route into teaching like armed forces?

  7. School_Leader

    SchoolsImprove personally I think school direct is a great opportunity and will grow to provide high quality teachers for all schools

  8. MurrayBrown77

    SchoolsImprove But brightest graduates aren’t necessarily the best teachers. Are we excluding a generation of fantastic future teachers?

  9. LearnWLesley

    SchoolsImprove r the best teachers the brightest? Give up on this constant tinkering of a failed system- it all needs to change

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