Disastrous consequences: Teacher training proposals are flawed

The DfE’s proposed overhaul of initial teacher education could have been an opportunity to grow the profession – but instead it could have disastrous consequences as teacher training providers threaten to walk away. Dr Patrick Roach explains


Tens of thousands of hopeful, optimistic, and ambitious individuals are embarking on their entry to one of the most important and rewarding careers as they start the process of becoming a member of the teaching profession.

They will join hundreds of thousands of teachers who, every day, nurture and inspire children and young people in their classrooms and laboratories, halls, gyms and playing fields the length and breadth of the country.

However, the professional status of teachers and teaching has been thrown into question by the government’s hurried consultation over its initial teacher training (ITT) market review (DfE, 2021), which proposes an overhaul of the way in which new teachers are trained.

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