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.
Dr Alison Winson is the Chair of the ITE Secondary Committee.
Alison Winson is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Worcester. She leads the Centre for Secondary and Post Compulsory Education. Alison is also an Associate Head of the Institute of Education with responsibility for recruitment across all programmes. Since joining the University, Alison has undertaken a range of roles including developing and managing the Design and Technology of the ITE Programme, the GTP Secondary programme and latterly, in 2007, she became the programme leader for the Secondary PGCE course.
Before joining the University of Worcester, Alison taught in secondary schools for fifteen years. Her subject specialism was Design and Technology. She led a large Faculty. During this period, Alison also worked for the OCR exam board. Her involvement included developing GCSE and entry-level qualifications and delivering CPD courses for teachers. This work led to a six-month secondment as a Design and Technology exam subject officer.