12 September 2013

million+ urges Ministers to reconsider approach to teacher training in 2014

The Chief Executive of the university think-tank million+, Pam Tatlow was called to give evidence before the Education Select Committee as part of the Committee's follow-up inquiry about the impact of the School Direct programme on teacher training. For the 2013-14 teacher training year Ministers switched 9000 training places from university providers to schools. Data released by the Department  suggests that the programme has impacted on primary recruitment in universities and that School Direct recruitment is also under target.

Speaking after the Committee Pam Tatlow said 'Ministers are at risk of confusing the school-university partnerships in teacher training with a system in which schools commission teacher training with some  university involvement.

'This is not the way to plan or deliver the supply of high quality teachers in primary and secondary subjects that pupils and schools across the country will need in the future.'

'As a first step to restoring some stability to the system the Department for Education needs to take a policy decision to ensure that university and accredited providers have a core allocation of teacher training numbers in 2014. This is the only way to ensure that successful partnerships can flourish in the future and that university education departments retain their key role in teacher education, professional development and research.'

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Notes to Editors
1. For further information or to arrange an interview please contact Pam Tatlow on 07795 645 241.
2. million+ is a leading university think-tank. More information about million+ can be found at www.millionplus.ac.uk