The future of teacher recruitment & training

The Dfe have published the latest provisional recruitment to initial teacher training programmes in England in the academic year 2015 to 2016. In response to a potential crisis in teacher recruitment and retention, a conference held at the University of Oxford yesterday explored strategies for developing a long term, stable, and world-class model of Initial Teacher Education. Here John Howson, Honorary Norham Fellow at University of Oxford and visiting professor at Oxford Brookes university, concluded:

“The various routes into teaching have been undergoing a fundamental politically driven change from a higher-education based system to a school-led system. This change has occurred as the economy has shifted from recession into a period of growth. It is not yet clear how far the changes in training routes may affect the attractiveness of teaching as a career. Indeed, salary and other associated benefits such as work/life balance and pension arrangements may be of more significance in recruitment into the teaching profession.

What is certain is that to create a world-class education system, we need not only world-class teachers but sufficient of them in the right places and right subjects with a willingness to become the school leaders of both today and tomorrow.”

Notes:

John Howson has analysed the latest Dfe statistics further on his blog and where you can read more about what he spoke of during the conference.

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