School Direct ‘simply does not work’, says Institute of Education director

The TES is reporting a warning from the head of a leading teacher training institution that the shift to school-based teacher training “simply does not work”…

..in a blog for the IoE, Professor Husbands accused the Department for Education of putting the “glossiest of positive spins” on the figures.

“It’s true that 93 per cent of targets had been met, but only by counting the over-recruitment in history, art and English against the overall national target for all subjects. There were serious shortfalls in biology, physics, design technology and languages. A surfeit of history graduates is of little use in teaching A-level physics.”

The figures suggest “the lowest level of teacher recruitment since 2008”, he added, and raise “doubts about the ability of School Direct to attract the highest qualified candidates”.

“As a whole, School Direct recruited only 61 per cent of its allocation; conventional university-led teacher education met 89 per cent of its targets,” wrote Professor Husbands. “No progress has been made in improving the ethnic diversity of the profession.”

The current system of deregulation, Professor Husbands adds, “simply does not work. A state of nature cannot sustain a high quality profession.”…

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You can read the blog from Professor Husbands at: Teacher supply: why deregulation is not working

 

As he is the head of a university-based teacher training institution, should we be sceptical of the professor’s comments about School Direct, or are his fears over the impact of deregulation in teacher supply valid? Please let us know what you think in the comments or via Twitter…

 

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove DfE cherry pick & massage data for press releases; thank you Sherlock. He may have a point but has to say this doesn’t he?

  2. TW

    The difference between the lies of politicians about School Direct and the review by Prof Husbands is that the latter correspond with the facts (and has been pointed out before).

  3. philiprush

    SchoolsImprove Also featured, “soccer is rubbish says rugby player”, “coffee is bitter says tea drinker”, “hammers are flops says nail”.

  4. philiprush

    SchoolsImprove Also featured, “soccer is rubbish says rugby player”, “coffee is bitter says tea drinker”, “hammers are flops says nail”.

  5. HughdjNicklin

    SchoolsImprove I didn’t know what SD was, but I guessed the piece would be a plea for the status quo by one whose income dep on it. #Right

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