Priorities for initial teacher education in England conference

| 25 February 2020 | 8:30am
Central London
Hosted by: 
Westminster Education Forum

The agenda includes discussion on improvements in recruitment methods and models to address shortages and training of teachers in areas of greatest need, as well as opportunities to address regional imbalances in teacher recruitment - with a speaking contribution from Faye Craster, Director of Teacher Development, Teach First

with

  • Senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Education
  • Professor Samantha Twiselton, Chair, Expert Advisory Panel, ITT, Department for Education
  • Professor Becky Francis, University College London; Faye Craster, Teach First;
  • Emma Hollis, National Association of School Based Teacher Training;
  • Anna Richards, Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT and
  • James Noble Rogers, Universities Council for the Education of Teachers

Chaired by:

Laura Smith MP

The agenda in summary:

  • Key findings from the Expert Group;
  • Assessing the Expert Group’s recommendations - the core content of ITE, support for providers and the impact on the sector;
  • The future shape of ITE market - range of providers, regional imbalances and attracting students into ITE;
  • Improving teacher retention in the years after ITE - the potential impact of Early Careers Framework and initial findings from the pilot programme;
  • Addressing regional disparities in the recruitment of teachers; and
  • Policy priorities for supporting the provision of ITE.
Keynote contributions and case studies

We are pleased to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: Professor Samantha Twiselton, Chair, Expert Advisory Panel, ITT and a senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Education.                                                  

Speakers sharing case studies and other particular areas of experience include:

  • The role of university-led ITE in attracting trainee teachers into the profession - with Professor Becky Francis, University College London;
  • Alternative ITE providers within the market, and opportunities to address regional imbalances in teacher recruitment - with Faye Craster, Teach First;
  • 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;
  • The role of school-centred initial teacher training and further school led teacher training in addressing regional imbalances - with Anna Richards, Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT; and
  • ITE institutes in the implementation of the Early Years Career Framework - with James Noble Rogers, Universities Council for the Education of Teachers.

The Early Career Framework and the Expert Group’s recommendations

Delegates will examine the impact of government initiatives in supporting improvements within ITE.

The seminar is timed to follow the completion of the review by the government-commissioned expert group into the content of initial teacher training, which is providing recommendations on its alignment with the content of the new Early Career Framework.

We expect discussion on the expert group’s advice and issues for implementation, including on the delivery by providers of the updated core content and the opportunities for providing greater support to teachers early on in their careers under the ECF.