18 Jun 2015
An Adjournment debate on Teacher Recruitment and Retention will take place in the main Chamber at the close of business on Thursday 18 June, following Day 2 of the Committee of the Whole House on the EU Referendum Bill. million+ has long focused on the issues around recruitment of training teachers and continuing professional development of teaching staff. In March 2015 we published a Manifesto for Teacher Education.
We argue that the role of universities in supporting teacher recruitment, professional development and retention should be recognised and valued. Universities have a key role to play in offering initial teacher education courses in their own right and not just as a supporter of the School Direct programme which has under-recruited every year since 2011. Ministers need to review the strategy with a view to taking a more balanced approach.