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Next steps for initial teacher training in England - quality, delivery, teaching & curriculum standards, supporting learners, and priorities for partnership

February 2023

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

This conference looked at priorities for initial teacher training in England following the ITT market review.

It was an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the outcome of the provider accreditation process, along with the delivery of new quality standards for training from September 2024.

Delegates assessed:

  • the future of the ITT market and implications for sector partners, including the impact of the review for school-based programmes and in higher education
  • the impact of the accreditation process on training options, and priorities for taking forward partnerships between providers

There was also discussion on priorities for delivering evidence-based training, the development and coordination of mentoring, and latest thinking on ITT curriculum design that reflects the Government’s Core Content Framework.

Further sessions focused on what is needed to deliver innovative approaches to training, guaranteeing high standards, and policy priorities for boosting recruitment and ensuring sufficient opportunities to train.

Overall, areas for discussion included:

  • provider accreditation: key issues for providers following the completion of the ITT market review and the recent accreditation process
  • providers: training programmes in SCITT and higher education institutions - the role of teaching school hubs - developing quality assurance
  • supporting learners: mentoring and teacher development - delivering placements - supporting newly-qualified teachers
  • curriculum: integrating core content and evidence-based training - curriculum design and delivery
  • quality: taking forward new programme standards - learning from best practice
  • teacher recruitment and retention: boosting sector growth - opportunities for professional development - tackling regional disparities

We are pleased to have been able to include keynote sessions with Sir Ian Bauckham, CEO, Tenax Schools Trust; and Chair, ITT Market Review Group; James Noble-Rogers, Executive Director, UCET; Professor Samantha Twiselton, Director of Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University; and Member, ITT Market Review Group; and Linda Davidge-Smith SFHEA, Head of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and Educational Practice, University of South Wales.

The conference was an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who attended from the Department for Education; House of Commons Library; and Ofsted.

This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles