20 Aug 2021
MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, is urgently calling for the government’s reform of the initial teacher training sector to be paused, or else risk serious jeopardy to the current teacher supply model.
In its response to the ITT Market Review consultation, published today (20 August), MillionPlus and its Deans of Education Network add their voices to those across the sector raising serious concerns at the proposed changes and their likely consequences.
Rachel Hewitt, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, said:
“The reforms as currently outlined represent little short of an experiment with the teacher education ecosystem at a time of unprecedented strain on schools. Very simply, the case for change on this scale and at this speed has not been convincingly made and to avert clear and present danger to the teacher supply model these proposed reforms should be paused and rethought.
“If change is forced through in spite of a near-unanimous sector backlash, it is likely that numerous modern universities, currently the backbone of initial teacher training, will re-consider their provision in this area. This could critically damage the pipeline of new teachers into the profession, potentially hitting hardest the very regions and communities the government has pledged to level up.
“Coming on the heels of an extraordinarily challenging 18 months, and with recent policy initiatives such as the Core Content Framework and Early Career Framework still in their infancy, the time calls for support and stability for all parts of the ITT model.
“MillionPlus will always work with the government to bring about change that is truly in the interest of schools, ITT providers and trainee teachers, but that is not the case here. That the current system has endured Covid and maintained such high standards should be lauded by the government. Instead, if these changes are enacted, the resilience of the system will be diminished and the risks to teacher supply will be clear.”
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