Teacher supply: ITT reforms present 'catastrophic risk' say critics

A new accreditation process for providers of initial teacher training (ITT) presents a “potentially catastrophic risk” of destabilising teacher supply, it was said this week.

The Department for Education has launched a quick-fire consultation (ending August 22) over plans to dramatically overhaul the system of ITT, which could force providers to apply for re-accreditation within a five-month window.

Critics say the plan “risks the loss of exceptional providers from the system” and see re-accreditation as unnecessary given Ofsted’s existing close scrutiny of ITT provider quality.

The proposals have been set out in an ITT “market review report” commissioned by the DfE and published this week alongside the consultation.

Its central recommendation is for a new set of “Quality Requirements” to be implemented by all ITT providers of courses that lead to qualified teacher status.

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