Teacher training: Keeping the pipeline open

Initial teacher training providers and trainees are pulling out all the stops to make things work and to keep the teaching supply chain open, says Emma Hollis

On March 23, the government announced that schools would be closed to the majority of pupils for a prolonged period of time to fight the spread of coronavirus.

Media attention has inevitably, and rightly, focused on the implications for children and home-schooling, as well as the efforts of our teaching and school staff to maintain provision for our key workers and vulnerable children.

However, an untold story is the efforts of initial teacher training (ITT) providers, who have responded to confirmation that they will be able to award qualified teacher status (QTS) at the end of the year in the normal way, based on the trainee’s trajectory at the point their programme was interrupted.

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