Presentation on theme: "Jane Ferretti University of Sheffield. This [School Direct] is an ideological move by the government that is not based on evidence. This is a move to."— Presentation transcript:
Jane Ferretti University of Sheffield
This [School Direct] is an ideological move by the government that is not based on evidence. This is a move to make teaching an apprenticeship profession and to de-professionalise it. Once university courses close, they are simply not going to reopen and you will lose a lot of expertise. The universities don't just train teachers, they do research and run Master's courses for them. Simon Gibbons, chairman of Nate quoted in TES December 2012
Thats why its so important that teacher training institutions are good, and well be much more rigorous in our inspection framework of how good these places are, that assessment is good and that teaching is good. Im not sure theyre always as good as sometimes theyve been painted. Well be looking at that very carefully. Michael Wilshaw. Festival of Education IOE 2012
Schools have the leading role in recruiting and training the students, but the accredited ITT providers are held to account by OFSTED for the quality of training provided. Providers are held to account for the quality of trainees they recruit but it is schools who lead on recruitment under School Direct. What happens if the school want to offer a place to an applicant with a 2.2 or 3 rd class degree, against the wishes and/or criteria of the HEI? Schools are not always aware of the constraints under which training has to be delivered, in terms of the Teachers Standards, the Secretary of States ITT requirements and (in regard to academic qualification) QAA regulations.
Many schools are very willing to be involved, to be full partners with universities and to play their part in training teachers, but they do not want to lead…. they have other fish to fry like educating children and young people. Schools are afraid that if they take their eye off this ball they will crash and burn Dr Mary Boustead ATL General Secretary
(November) (January) Soon… more School Direct places English006 Geography 0 (6) 6 (7)4 Mathematics 10 (4) 22 (4) Modern Languages9910 Biology334 Chemistry334 Physics36 Physics with Maths
The Government wants School Direct to expand. The implications of this for universities are potentially huge. Universities will, increasingly, have to compete annually on the open market to contract with schools for School Direct places. ITT providers, faced with a situation where they cannot plan from year to year, or even guarantee the quality of their provision, will decide that the game is not worth the candle and withdraw from teacher education. From a Vice Chancellor s perspective, there are much less troublesome ways in which to attract students and fee income. Speech by James Noble Rogers UCET November 2012