School Direct puts university teacher training routes under increasing pressure

Recruitment & Retention
With a quarter of trainee teachers being trained via School Direct, the future for university routes is increasingly uncertain, says James Noble-Rogers.

Few aspects of the coalition government’s education programme can have been subject to as many mixed messages as teacher education. When the coalition came into office in 2010, we had already heard a lot from ministers about shifting training back into the classroom and about teaching being a “craft” best learnt by observing a master craftsman or woman. 

But the reality, initially at least, was different. What the government actually proposed appeared to be something that the teacher education sector could work with and to some extent support. Teaching Schools, for example, could achieve the greater school involvement in initial teacher training (ITT) and CPD that ITT providers have long been asking for. 

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