Tag Archives | ITE

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What happens to schools who host lots of student teachers?

For a number of reasons it’s getting harder to find schools to say yes (to student placements), with two factors above all cited – the fear of the progress data of a particular class getting damaged by teaching from a very inexperienced student and, similarly, ‘our data isn’t good enough and we’re expecting an Ofsted […]

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Avoiding Newspeak: Why we need the critical voice of Higher Education in Initial Teacher Education

Given that teachers in schools can be positioned principally with being policy enactors and that education policy tends to be deeply implicated in political imperatives, some alternative perspectives are required if the thinking in schools is to evolve beyond the constant bending to policy initiatives…

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Should we review the impact of radical unpredictability in ITE?

The Carter Review comes after a radical restructuring of the ITE funding mechanism, giving much more money to schools and incentivising them to train their own teachers alongside traditional university-led routes into teaching…It’s interesting to speculate what such a report might have said four years ago. At that time the DfE could have taken a […]

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Reviewing ITE – are we asking the right questions?

…Let’s start a serious conversation about retention and teacher development, to stop the wholesale wastage of expertise in both schools and universities to which the current situation is leading and to show that we are serious about sustainable, long-term investment in the thing that matters – the quality of teaching in schools.

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Student Teachers as ‘Producers’ of Knowledge

As the Higher Education sector is increasingly being exposed to market forces, universities are ever more concerned about keeping students ‘satisfied’ to ensure their league table positions in the National Student Survey are maintained or improved. In this piece, Paula Stone…considers this and how universities need to move beyond a ‘listen and respond’ mode and […]

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We train dogs – we must educate teachers

The current politically driven directive to move teacher education into an apprenticeship model (DfE 2011) is the cause of deep-seated angst for me… the term ‘training’ has engulfed the profession, considering hands-on contact in lessons as being the key to developing future generations of highly effective teachers. I argue that a move in quite the […]

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