Morning, Tuesday, 25th February 2020
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This conference will examine the next steps for reform of the initial teacher training (ITT) system in England.
It is being held at a crucial time for the future of ITT provision with a number of policy developments underway.
These include the DfE’s recent publication of a new core content framework to be used by ITT providers to inform the curriculum design for their programmes, based on the recommendations of a government-commissioned expert group review into the content of initial teacher training.
The chair of ITT Expert Advisory Panel, Professor Samantha Twiselton, is a keynote speaker at this conference.
It also comes with the ongoing review of the initial teacher training market with the stated aim of making it work more efficiently and effectively, as announced in the government Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy - but with the recent announcement that overall teacher training recruitment targets are being missed at both primary and secondary levels.
The agenda includes a senior keynote speaker confirmed from the Department for Education to outline early findings.
- Key findings from ITT Core Content expert group;
- Adapting the content of ITT following the review - developing the curriculum, support for providers, and raising the standard of ITT graduates;
- The role of ITT in improving teacher retention - trainee mentoring, transition to full-time teaching, and tackling subject and specialist teacher shortages;
- Early findings from the DfE review into the ITT market; and
- The future shape of ITT system - range of providers, regional imbalances, and the market’s effectiveness in attracting ITT trainees.
Case study contributions
Speakers sharing case studies and other particular areas of experience include:
- The expert group’s findings on school-led teacher training, and what support these providers need - with Emma Hollis, National Association of School Based Teacher Training;
- Alternative ITT providers within the system, and opportunities to address regional imbalances in teacher recruitment - with Faye Craster, Teach First;
- University-led ITT: attracting trainee teachers into the profession - with Dr Clare Brooks, UCL;
- School-centred ITT - and further school-led teacher training in addressing regional imbalances - with Anna Richards, Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT;
- Opportunities to tackle subject-specific deficits in the recruitment of teacher trainees - with Katrin Sredzki-Seamer, National Modern Languages SCITT; and
- ITT institutes - and supporting the extension of mentoring - with James Noble Rogers, Universities Council for the Education of Teachers.
Further confirmed speakers include: Dr Sarah Charles, Partners for Progress Pilot; Maria Cunningham, Teacher Development Trust; Shona Findlay, Harris Federation; Niall Dosad, Colegrave Primary School, London and School Centered Initial Teacher Training in East London Schools; Rachele Morse, University of Southampton; and Dr Deborah Outhwaite, Derby Teaching Schools Alliance.