Ofsted to observe NQTs as part of revamped teacher training inspection


A new two-stage inspection process for initial teacher training will see Ofsted visiting NQTs in their classrooms to watch them “implement what they have learned”.

The inspectorate has published its revised framework for initial teacher education (ITE) detailing the new approach.

From this week, inspectors will check on the quality of training and the trainees’ teaching during the summer term. 

They will then visit them again in the autumn in their classrooms as they begin their NQT year.

The framework has also been revised to include a focus on how trainees are “taught to promote good behaviour in the classroom”. Ofsted said this is in reaction to statistics showing that many teachers leave the profession because of unruly learners.

The changes apply to all ITE partnerships that provide training leading to qualified teacher status and also to the further education teacher training inspected by Ofsted.

The new framework also prioritises ITE that allows trainees to “experience a wider range of settings, schools and colleges as part of their own training”.

Sean Harford, Ofsted national director for ITE, said: “Teaching is a tough yet very rewarding job. So it is important that the training new teachers receive is the best it can be. Trainees should learn how to promote good behaviour in the classroom so they can focus on teaching, and children and young adults can focus on learning.

“Through our new two-step inspection process we will make sure that teachers are putting into practice in the autumn what they learned in their training.

“I expect this new way of inspecting will help to raise standards. When we judge providers to require improvement or (as) inadequate we will support and challenge them to improve; we then will re-inspect them the following year.”

The Ofsted ITE inspection handbook is online at www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/initial-teacher-education-inspection-handbook



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