Westminster Education Forum

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Priorities for initial teacher training

Morning, Friday, 17th September 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference is timed to follow the publication of the DfE Initial teacher training (ITT) market review report, and will focus on key priorities for teacher training in light of the review and its recommendations.

It also takes place in the context of further major changes to teacher training and professional development, including:

  • the new suite of National Professional Qualifications due to be launched in September 2021
  • reforms to the Early Career Framework, setting out the key training and development entitlements for early career teachers

The discussion will bring together stakeholders with policymakers to consider the latest thinking and developments in teacher training, with agenda sessions on:

  • the ITT market review and the possible impact of reforms on the sector
  • the future role of HE providers, along with current challenges to effective provision
  • implementing the Early Career Framework (ECF) and aligning with the Core Content Framework (CCF)
  • professional development for teachers and improving diversity in leadership

We are very pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with the chair of the ITT Market Review Group, Ian Bauckham, Chair, Oak National Academy and Professor Samantha Twiselton, Vice President, Chartered College of Teaching; Member, ITT Market Review Group; and Director, Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University.


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department for Education and Ofsted. Also due to attend are representatives from Canterbury Christ Church University; Dilkes Academy, South Ockendon; Durham University; Educators Abroad; Essex County Council; King's College London; North Essex Teacher Training; Royal Borough of Greenwich; St Mary's University; Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT; TES Institute; The Bell Foundation; The Learning Institute; Trent Valley Teaching School Alliance; University of Buckingham; University of Cambridge; University of Southampton; and University of Warwick.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from teacher training providers and universities, remote learning providers, schools and teaching professionals including newly qualified teachers, subject associations and professional bodies, representatives of trade unions and advocacy groups, local government representatives and those with an interest in geographic inequalities, groups representing parents and students, and academics and commentators, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Professor Samantha Twiselton

Vice President, Chartered College of Teaching; Member, ITT Market Review Group; and Director, Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University

Keynote Speakers

Ian Bauckham

Chair, ITT Market Review Group and Chair, Oak National Academy

Professor Samantha Twiselton

Vice President, Chartered College of Teaching; Member, ITT Market Review Group; and Director, Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University


Flick Drummond MP

Rt Hon the Lord Knight of Weymouth

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Education, and former Minister for Schools and Learners


Professor Anna Lise Gordon

Director, Institute of Education, St Mary’s University

James Noble-Rogers

Executive Director, Universities Council for the Education of Teachers

Professor Lynne McKenna

Dean, Faculty of Education and Society, University of Sunderland

Faye Craster

Director, Teacher Development, Teach First

Jack Worth

School Workforce Lead, National Foundation for Educational Research

Emma Hollis

Executive Director, National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers

Matt Davis

UK Regional Director, Education Development Trust

Sir Andrew Carter

Chief Executive, South Farnham Educational Trust

Rachel Kitley

Principal, Cowes Enterprise College

The Rev Canon Professor Peter Neil

Vice-Chancellor, Bishop Grosseteste University

Professor Diana Laurillard

Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies, UCL Knowledge Lab, UCL Institute of Education

Jonathan Kay

Head, Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Newcastle College

Sinéad Mc Brearty

Chief Executive Officer, Education Support