Schools Week reports that school-based teacher training routes are getting teachers into classrooms at higher rates than university providers, a new analysis has found.
The Good Teacher Training Guide 2017, published today, has revealed the top ten providers based on the entry qualifications of trainees, the course quality (its Ofsted grade), and how many trainees achieved qualified teacher status after completing courses in 2014-15.
Eight of the ten are school-centred providers, with the King Edward’s Consortium – which provides training in a range of Birmingham schools – coming highest among them.
While trainee numbers are falling, the report found “reasons for optimism” that nine in ten trainees on school-based programmes took up teaching posts in the following year, compared to eight in ten (79 per cent) who trained via university-led courses.
Professor Alan Smithers, one of the report’s authors said that the difference could be explained by trainees in schools being more committed to teaching, and schools selecting trainees “more carefully” than universities given trainees are future colleagues.
The study found teacher training places on university courses had fallen by a third since 2009 (from 30,246, to 20,195), in line with the government’s drive towards an “increasingly school-led initial teacher training system”.
However, the number of trainee teachers on across all routes has dropped by 6,000 which has “led to fears that government policy is exacerbating the shortage of teachers”.
The report also found 17 providers with 100 per cent employment rates – all of which were school-based.
A total of 40 per cent of SCITTs are rated “outstanding”, compared to 30 per cent of university providers, the study found. Although the latter attract trainees with better degrees.
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