University PGCE courses braced for big cuts

Writing in his column in the Guardian, Warwick Mansell says that school-based courses expected to be big winner in the latest teacher training funding decision…

The future of thriving PGCE courses at some of England’s leading universities could be threatened on Tuesday as the Department for Education issues funding allocations for 2015-16. Some courses rated outstanding by Ofsted – possibly including Cambridge University’s – are facing drastic cutbacks as ministers press ahead with controversial plans to hand control over training to schools. The move is causing serious unease even within the DfE, we understand.

Providers are expected to be told the number of places they will have funding for. It is thought university-led provision will be scaled back and there will be a big rise in places routed through School Direct, the school-based training introduced by Michael Gove.

Sources close to the DfE say there was a battle between Gove and his appointee Charlie Taylor, head of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, on one hand, and the Liberal Democrat schools minister, David Laws, on the other, with Laws wanting to avoid destabilising university-led provision. Despite Gove’s exit, Taylor seems to have won…

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove This is pretty shameless from the govt and DfE. They like school-based training so squeeze the life out of uni-based courses

  2. MarkQui12591531

    SchoolsImprove Let there be no doubt: this is a move to end #PGCE and leave us only with school-approved #QTS.

  3. Simon Tanner

    Just a mechanism to do training on the cheap.  School based training, funded to set up then funding reduces over time.

  4. Simon Tanner

    Just a mechanism to do training on the cheap.  School based training, funded to set up then funding reduces over time.

  5. Janet2

    And still the evaluation into Teach First b y Durham Uni hasn’t been published.  Any suggestion why this might be?

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