Teacher trainers asked to take on rejects

A schools minister has told teacher training providers to help ensure that candidates that they reject for their courses are not lost to the profession. Tes reports.

Nick Gibb has written to initial teacher training (ITT) providers to encourage rejected candidates to call the Get Into Teaching line to get help finding an alternative course.

Mr Gibb said in a letter sent to training providers today that an increasing number of candidates are applying for teacher training up to and over the summer.

He said: “I should be grateful if you would continue to engage with my officials in relation to Ucas rejections, and to ensure they are managed and recorded correctly.

“If a candidate is not right for your course and is rejected, then I ask you to encourage them to call the Get Into Teaching line on 0800 389 2500, for help and support…in finding an alternative ITT course which is right for them.”

Last year, Tes revealed concerns that hundreds of future teachers could be lost to the system because they had been unable to take the skills test they need to start training.

Students need to complete the skills test before they can begin initial teacher training. However, there were reports in August that candidates had been unable to book appointments to sit it.

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