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

March 2020

This conference examines 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 publication by the Department for Education 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.

This seminar will be an early opportunity to review the new framework and consider its implications for providers.

The conference also takes place as Ofsted consults on its new Initial Teacher Education (ITE) inspection framework, which is intended to align with the new education inspection framework and introduce a new quality of education and training judgement with a focus on the ITE curriculum.

Speakers and chairs

The chair of ITT Expert Advisory Panel, Professor Samantha Twiselton, and James Noble Rogers, Executive Director, Universities Council for the Education of Teachers, are keynote speakers at this conference.

Further confirmed speakers include: Dr Clare Brooks, UCL; Dr Sarah Charles, University of Derby and Partners for Progress Pilot; Faye Craster, Teach First; Maria Cunningham, Teacher Development Trust; Niall Dosad, Colgrave Primary School, London and School Centered Initial Teacher Training in East London Schools; Shona Findlay, Harris Federation; Emma Hollis, National Association of School Based Teacher Training; Professor Lynne McKenna, University of Sunderland; Rachele Morse, University of Southampton; Dr Deborah Outhwaite, Derby Teaching Schools Alliance; Anna Richards, Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT; and Katrin Sredzki-Seamer, National Modern Languages SCITT.

The chairs for this conference are: Baroness Donaghy and Baroness Perry of Southwark


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 their partnerships;
  • The role of ITT in improving teacher retention - trainee mentoring, transition to full-time teaching, and tackling subject and specialist teacher shortages; 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 require - 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; and
  • Opportunities to tackle subject-specific deficits in the recruitment of teacher trainees - with Katrin Sredzki-Seamer, National Modern Languages SCITT.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Westminster Education Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: the Department for Education; Ofsted; HMRC; NAO; The Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Education Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates