Whither Teacher Education and Training?: new HEPI report calls for fresh thinking and practical action now to avoid a crisis in teacher recruitment and training
A new HEPI paper on the past, present and future of teacher training written by Dr John Cater, the Vice Chancellor of Edge Hill University, will be launched at a HEPI conference at King’s College London on Thursday, 27 April 2017. Among the various recommendations is a call to consider replacing bursaries for trainee teachers with a new system of forgivable fees.
John Cater, the author of HEPI Report (95) Whither Teacher Education and Training?, said:
There are worrying signs that the profession is failing to attract enough entrants and failing to retain existing teachers in sufficient numbers and with appropriate specialisms to deliver the revised curriculum to a rapidly increasing school-age population.
This is no longer the time for hackneyed debates about the merits of different types of provision of Initial Teacher Training, which should be judged solely on the quality of provision and the success in recruiting and retaining future teachers.
But it is the time for all stakeholders to work together to ensure that an emerging issue does not manifest itself into a crisis which affects the life chances of a generation.’
Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, said:
Policymakers love to meddle in teacher training. In recent times, they have tried to shift the training out of universities and into schools. But the numbers speak for themselves: in every year between 2013 and 2016, teacher recruitment missed its targets. Large sums have been splurged on bursaries for trainee teachers to stem the flow, but without much effect.
We need to stop ignoring the facts. Trainee teachers typically do not want to be at the same chalkface all of the time. Learning how to teach in a university environment – and not just at a single […]