How will 'overstretched' schools handle teacher degree apprentices?

Questions have been raised about how “overstretched” schools will be able to manage the pressure on resources and timetables implicit in the new four-year teacher degree apprenticeships.
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The new qualifications are to be rolled-out this autumn and the DfE said this week that they would offer “a high-quality, alternative route for people to become qualified teachers”.

Ministers are particularly hopeful that the new route will appeal to some of the 400,000 teaching assistants working in England’s state schools, as well as to other school support staff.

The plans, which were unveiled by the DfE during National Apprenticeship Week, will see trainees spending 40% of their time studying for their degree with an accredited teacher training provider, but working in the classroom “from day one”.

It will be a four-year programme available for people to train as primary or secondary teachers. Tuition fees will be paid for and those graduating will gain qualified teacher status.

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