Westminster Education Forum

Reforming Initial Teacher Training provision in England - implementing the new core content framework, improving NQT retention, and next steps for the teacher training system

Morning, Tuesday, 25th February 2020

Central London

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.


The agenda

  • 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.



Keynote Speakers

Senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Education

Professor Samantha Twiselton

Chair, Expert Advisory Panel, ITT, Department for Education; Director, Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University and Vice President, Chartered College of Teaching

Keynote Speakers

Professor Samantha Twiselton

Chair, Expert Advisory Panel, ITT, Department for Education; Director, Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University and Vice President, Chartered College of Teaching

Senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Education

Chair

The Earl of Listowel

Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Education

Speakers

Maria Cunningham

Head of Education, Teacher Development Trust

Emma Hollis

Executive Director, National Association of School Based Teacher Training

James Noble Rogers

Executive Director, Universities Council for the Education of Teachers

Anna Richards

Executive Leader, Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT

Faye Craster

Director, Teacher Development, Teach First

Niall Dosad

Assistant Headteacher, Colgrave Primary School, London and ITT Strategic Lead, School Centered Initial Teacher Training in East London Schools

Dr Clare Brooks

Member, UCL Institute of Education Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment Centre, UCL

Shona Findlay

Acting Head of ITE, Harris Federation

Katrin Sredzki-Seamer

Director, National Modern Languages SCITT

Rachele Morse

Programme Director, Secondary PGCE, University of Southampton

Dr Deborah Outhwaite

Director, Derby Teaching Schools Alliance

Dr Sarah Charles

Head of Primary ITT, University of Derby and Project Leader, Partners for Progress Pilot