Labour plans to tear up School Direct

The TES is reporting that a Labour government would overhaul initial teacher training after shadow Tristram Hunt claimed the current School Direct model was “not working”…

Mr Hunt said his party faces a “big, bloody challenge” in terms of teacher recruitment, which he claimed was a result of a “random, haphazard” recruitment system introduced by the previous government…

“The School Direct model is not working, particularly in large parts of the country,” Mr Hunt said. “We will inherit a double bind, which is on the one hand a demoralised profession – decried as the blob and the enemies of promise – and secondly a School Direct recruitment process, which is random and haphazard.”

“What we need to do is to take the best of the School Direct system, which is school-based training and practical training, but re-introduce some order into it. [We must] continue a role for higher education providers, which would be obliterated under a future Tory government, and have a regional model, rather like a medical deanery model, [made up] of excellent higher education institutions at the regional core of teacher training programmes…”

 

I’m not sure if the TES is slightly over-egging this one with the headline claim that Labour will ‘tear up” School Direct, but what do you think needs to happen?

The Conservatives have replied by arguing that School Direct is extremely popular with schools and that Tristram Hunt’s criticism of the programme is “yet another example of Labour not trusting schools or teachers”.

Which side are you on here… and why? Please share in the comments or via Twitter…

 

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Sounds sensible, trouble is their policies otherwise are too similar to Tory ones to see an upturn in teacher recruitment

  2. Steven Jones

    Economic upturns result in teacher recruitment problems, particularly in Maths and Science. That is a bigger issue than School Direct.

  3. A story:

    “When Michael took over the allotment, the raspberries were growing in a block.  Michael thought he would get more raspberries if they grew in rows, so he dug them up and transplanted them.
    The next years’ crop was not great as they had not developed good roots, but Michael was confident.
    Before he could find out, Tristram took over the allotment.  Seeing the poor harvest, he vowed to dig them up and replant them again.”

  4. Nor_edu

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove but it’s more quick change again. What about all the SD teachers- will their training still be appreciated?

  5. RonnieAr

    SchoolsImprove I agree, specially when academies refuse to pay a salary to trainee teachers and they don’t offer support when they need it.

  6. RonnieAr

    SchoolsImprove I agree, specially when academies refuse to pay a salary to trainee teachers and they don’t offer support when they need it.

  7. paulh

    The core of the problem is two fold – one is that it has been fragmented so the teacher supply becomes that of individual schools or clusters there is no regional or national thinking about the number of geography teachers, or nursery teachers; the second is the ideological belief that an apprenticeship model (learning from a good practitioner) is better than a professional model. This may or may not be true we have not evidence about this but pretty much all of the world’s top performing systems have an HEI based teacher education model.

    Alongside this is that the HEIs have been propping up the the SD system doing much of the interviewing, teaching and organising roles. What will happen if the HEIs are forced out? The Carter review called for more use of research, research method and child psychology – this is not going to happen through schools as the teachers in school do not have the capacity or the knowledge in these areas.

  8. andylutwyche

    Nor_edu SchoolsImprove Agreed but few would actually notice this change as it has been disastrously unpopular

  9. andylutwyche

    Nor_edu SchoolsImprove Agreed but few would actually notice this change as it has been disastrously unpopular

  10. acet2001

    SchoolsImprove No-one has a clue how many teachers are needed, or how many are being trained, for any age range and/or subject. Chaos.

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