School Direct providers forced to fast-track candidates in teacher training ‘free-for-all’

The TES is reporting that school-based teacher training providers are fast-tracking applications in a race to recruit students.

Martin Thompson, executive director of the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) said shortlisting candidates for places was now “a thing of the past” as recruiters such as School Direct competed against each other for students… And high-quality candidates who applied later in the year could end up being turned away, he added.

His comments come just weeks after universities complained of the same problem with the new system, which allows providers to recruit as many students as they want on to PGCE courses starting in September 2016, within an overall national limit….

Previously, all providers were given an allocation of places they could fill up at their own rate throughout the year.

Mr Thompson said: “The sort of problems the universities have experienced, with everybody in competition, are going to be exactly the same for the school-based sector as it comes towards the national limit.”

Like universities, school-based teacher trainers felt they were being forced to speed up selection procedures – making it hard to ensure the same quality…

His comments came as a stop was placed on school-based routes for PE trainees – a few weeks’ after universities were told to stop recruiting to the subject…

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What impact on recruitment and, potentially, the quality of applicants will this kind of race to recruit be likely to have?

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove There is no finer example of how politicians mess up education than through teacher training recruitment systems #shambles

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove How will system of “recruit as fast as possible” improve provision? Typical MPs not considering fallout of policy change

  3. What is it they say “Act in haste and repent at leisure” ! 
    Both candidates and those training can expect to experience this I fear. Those that initiated the policy I fear won’t. They will just blame somebody or something else. Never their fault also means they never learn either it appears.

  4. The_Data_Adonis

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove the iron law of unintentional outcomes is that any fast track programme disrupts delivery

  5. TeaLadyJune

    SchoolsImprove Teacher recruitment’s in awful chaos: good recruits will be rejected or unable to train because their nearest Uni has shut!

  6. Bromley_SC

    SchoolsImprove histassoc we are still recruiting for History teacher training places, successful interviews today, still have places!

  7. TeaLadyJune

    SchoolsImprove Further evidence of Govt. caring little for quality of teachers in state schools – need to be cheap & work 16 hours /day

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