Teacher trainers ordered to rethink entry standards to ‘maximise recruitment’

Tes reports that teacher trainer providers have been told they will be checked to see if they are rejecting suitable candidates – after a drastic drop in applications. 

Nick Gibb, minister for school standards, has written to initial teacher training providers today saying that the initial teacher training (ITT) criteria will be changed to: “encourage universities and schools to assess candidates on their potential to meet the teachers’ standard by the end of their training.” 

The letter from Mr Gibb states: “We are amending our ITT criteria and Ofsted is making a number of minor changes to the ITE (initial teacher education) inspection handbook. It is right to reject candidates who are not suitable.

“However, it is also crucial to support and develop those who have the desire and talent to teach. The emphasis must be on assessing applicants based on their suitability to train to teach, rather than whether they are ready to teach at the point of entry.”

The Department for Education says that 50,000 applications for teacher training were rejected last year – but has not released the number of applicants rejected. Each applicant can make up to three applications.

The figures show that there were 16,010 applicants for teacher training courses by 15 January 2018, compared to 22,650 applicants last year.

Jo Palmer-Tweed, executive director of Essex and Thames primary Scitt, said: “I don’t know of any provider who is rejecting people who are suitable to train, especially when there is a shortage of people. People I know are working incredibly hard to recruit and make places accessible and possible for people.”

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