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1 "Teacher education in the UK: the peculiarities of the English - and of the Welsh, Northern Irish and Scottish!" ESCalate ITE Conference, Carlisle, 16 May 2006 Ian Menter

2 Structure of presentation Introduction Home international comparative studies Standards across the UK The peculiarities of: –The English –The Scots –The Northern Irish –The Welsh Conclusions

3 Introduction: purposes to encourage interest in and awareness of the power of home international comparative studies in teacher education in the UK to identify some of the key similarities and differences in approaches to ITE across the UK and to offer some tentative explanations for these patterns

4 Introduction: Two underlying premises Within a democratic society it is reasonable to expect that the ways in which teachers are prepared to work with todays young people should indicate how policymakers and indeed the community at large see the future – what it is that citizens will need to develop as individuals and as contributors to the society. There is a profound connection between, on the one hand, policies and practices in teacher education, and, on the other hand, teacher supply and retention.

5 Introduction: Three studies Convergence or Divergence? Initial teacher education policy and practice in Scotland and England – University of Paisley (now University of the West of Scotland), with Estelle Brisard and Ian Smith Models of partnership in initial teacher education – a literature review for the GTCS – with Estelle Brisard and Ian Smith Learning to Teach in post-devolution UK – a scoping study for the ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme – with Moira Hulme (Glasgow); Martin Jephcote (Cardiff); Pat Mahony (Roehampton); Anne Moran (Ulster)

6 Introduction: Quiz time! Who is Gordon Brown? Who is the first minister for Scotland? Northern Ireland? Wales? MP for Kircaldy and Cowdenbeath Alex Salmond Ian Paisley (but not for much longer) Rhodri Morgan

7 Introduction: Quiz 2!! Who is Ed Balls? Who is Fiona Hyslop? Who is Catriona Duaine? Who is Jane Hutt? Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Scottish Government Minister, Department of Education, NI Executive Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills, Welsh Assembly Govt.

8 The United Kingdom?

9 Home international comparative studies Methodology Border skirmishes The question of scale


11 Home international studies: border skirmishes Offas Dyke The Irish Sea Hadrians Wall

12 Home international studies: the question of scale Table 1. UK population (mid-2005) England50,431,700 (83.8%), Wales2,958,600 (4.9%), Scotland5,094,800 (8.5%) Northern Ireland 1,724,400 (2.9%) Total United Kingdom60,209,500 (Source: National Statistics)

13 Home international studies: the question of scale Table 2. The local administration of education in the four parts of the UK, 2007 England150 Local Authorities Wales22 Local Authorities Scotland32 Local Authorities Northern Ireland5 regional Education and Library Boards (ELBs) (these are to be replaced by a new single Education and Skills Authority (ESA))

14 Home international studies: the question of scale Table 3. Pupil numbers and number of schools in the four parts of the UK, 2006 PupilsSchools (publicly funded schools) England8.2 million25,335 Wales489,5701,785 Scotland702,7375,781 Northern Ireland312,9831,124

15 Home international studies: the question of scale Table 4. FTE teachers employed by local authorities/ELBs in the four parts of the UK Number of Full Time Equivalent Teachers England434,9002007 Wales29,3972004 Scotland47,5612004 Northern Ireland19,7022006

16 Home international studies: the question of scale Table 5 Providers of Initial Teacher Education England: 76 HEIs, over 60 SCITTs (several of which are in HEIs), EBRs, TF Northern Ireland: 4 at present (1 old university, 1 new university, 2 university colleges) Scotland: 7 (six old universities and one new) Wales 7: (2 old universities, one university college, four new universities/institutes) – soon to be three? Plus the Open University

17 Standards England and Wales: professional standards Scotland: benchmark/standards Northern Ireland: competence statements Outcome statements of what is required of trainees Statements of what courses should address Developing competences

18 Standards In all four countries standards address: (1) professional values and practice (2) professional knowledge and understanding (3) professional skills and abilities

19 Standards: England 2. The framework of professional standards for teachers set out below defines the characteristics of teachers at each career stage. Specifically it provides professional standards for: – the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) (Q) – teachers on the main scale (Core) (C) – teachers on the upper pay scale (Post Threshold Teachers) (P) – Excellent Teachers (E) – Advanced Skills Teachers (ASTs) (A)

20 Standards: Northern Ireland The 27 teacher competences have been organised within 3 broad areas within the document: Professional Values and Practice Professional Knowledge and Understanding Professional Skills and Application Each competence has also been delineated by way of phase exemplars, across each phase of teacher education: - inital teacher education - induction - early professional development - continuuing professional development, collaborative practice and school improvement The Council's Code of Values and Professional Practice has also been included as an integral element of the competence model.

21 Standards: Scotland Standard for Initial Teacher Education Standard for Full Registration Standard for Chartered teacher Standard for Headship

22 Standards: Wales Statement of Professional Values and Practice

23 The peculiarities of the English Partnership Diverse routes Skills tests And now… ….MTL

24 The peculiarities of the English: skills tests Intending to teach or qualified outside of England? Candidates who train in England but who are intending to teach in other parts of the UK will still need to pass all of the skills tests. There are reciprocal arrangements in place for the recognition of teaching qualifications throughout the UK. However, candidates who trained in England but have not yet passed the tests will not be considered fully qualified in England and will therefore not be considered qualified in the rest of the UK. Candidates wishing to teach in countries outside of the UK must check with the relevant countrys education authorities regarding their requirements for the award of a teaching qualification in that country. Teachers who qualified in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales will not need to take the QTS skills tests should they wish to teach in England. Initial teacher training in those countries does not currently include a statutory requirement to complete skills tests. Once a teacher has qualified in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, the reciprocal arrangements in place regarding the recognition of teaching qualifications within the UK will mean that their qualifications will be recognised by the General Teaching Council for England upon application, and they will be awarded QTS. From TDA website 12/05/08

25 The peculiarities of the Scots Induction Chartered teacher Scottish Teachers for a New Era The role of the GTCS in accreditation and registration – maintaining quality or embedding conservatism? and the problem with partnership

26 The peculiarities of the Northern Irish A divided society? The two traditions Problems of over supply Structural reorganisation The three Is? and the problem with partnership

27 The peculiarities of the Welsh Implementing the seamless web – a systematic approach to Early professional development, a grant for induction and for CPD Piloting a Chartered Teacher scheme Welsh language Restructuring post- Furlong Geographical challenges

28 Conclusions 1 The significance of the policy context This relates both to key political themes but also to the institutional arrangements for teacher education. Why is there no TDA or Ofsted outside England? Why does the English GTC have such limited powers, certainly in comparison with Scotland, but also increasingly by comparison with Wales and Northern Ireland? The resourcing of ITE

29 Conclusions 2 Teaching as a research-based profession – what does it mean in the UK? The invidious divisive effects of the RAE: a. The old and the new and the very small proportion of student teachers that are studying in institutions that receive funding for educational research b. The tendency for England to dominate in the research agenda - hence Developing Celtic Capacity in educational research Re-emergence of action research?

30 Conclusions 3 The need for more research – both national, home international but also international Major studies: BaT (Nottingham); A values base for ITE (Ulster) Early Professional Development (Stirling and MMU) The TEG resource – supported by ESCalate, UCET, BERA and TLRP – demonstrates that there is a preponderance of small-scale practitioner research

31 …and finally… What we have in the UK – and we have the advantage of there being a number of organisations such as ESCalate, UCET and BERA, that do cover the whole of the UK – is the potential for considerably enhanced learning between our neighbouring nations. We have a kind of education research and development laboratory.

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