Initial Teacher Education Secondary
The UCET Secondary Committee aims to serve, support and encourage secondary teacher educators in member institutions by providing a forum in which to share practice, maintain currency of knowledge about policy initiatives, and sustain important values and principles of university-based teacher education. It plays a vital role in representing members' views to ministers, the TTA, OfSTED and other agents of teacher education policy.
Termly Committee meetings are complemented by workshops and conferences addressing current issues in our sector. Recently these have focused on the new OfSTED inspection framework for ITT, the implications of the 14-19 White Paper and the future of Training Schools funded by the DfES/TDA. We expect to continue interrogating and debating future policies and initiatives with rigour and professionalism in the interests of maintaining and developing excellence in the academic and professional education of new teachers in all areas of secondary education.
Trevor Mutton is an Associate Professor at the University of Oxford, Department of Education and is the PGCE Course Director. He has worked at the Department of Education since 1997, having worked previously as Head of Modern Languages at a secondary school in Oxfordshire. Trevor’s research focuses primarily on the professional learning of beginning teachers. He is currently involved with a project related to poverty and teacher education involving a number of HEIs and is preparing, with a colleague, a book that investigates the way in which MFL teachers engage with research in their professional practice.