DfE told to consider forcing schools to take trainees

Last week’s Times Education Supplement article ( https://www.tes.com/news/consider-forcing-schools-take-trainees-dfe-told ) describes the government being advised to consider whether there is value in “mandating schools to play an active part” in teacher training.

The article refers to a report published by the MillionPlus Deans of Education Network and National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers. It calls on the DfE to convene a “cross-sector advisory group” to formulate a national plan for teacher training, to address issues created or amplified by the coronavirus outbreak.

Report advises DfE to consider forcing schools to take trainees

In order to encourage more schools to engage with teacher training, the report suggests that the advisory group discuss whether there is “value in considering whether mandating schools to play an active part” in initial teacher education (ITE) and whether Ofsted should assess “active participation in ITE” in future.

Responding to the article, Managing Director of Elementa, Sarah Morrison said

“With educational professionals being under so much additional pressure over the last 5-6 months, I would hope any additional teacher training requests made of schools would have sufficient resources and support to ensure only a positive outcome is achieved.”

Supporting the national teacher shortage is something Elementa has vast experience in. We have extensive relationships with Universities which we utilise to recruit individuals who are seeking to qualify as teachers in an appropriate school-based environment. Our team work in partnership with Schools to secure the best candidates for them.

We help to support Schools in finding the best graduates for school-based teacher training. Whether using a school direct or bespoke teaching programme, we have the experience, skills and resources to not only support, but enhance the successful delivery of ITT programmes.

The report can be downloaded here.