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.
Simon Spencer is Deputy Head of the School of Education and the PGCE Secondary Course Director at Birmingham City University. Simon teaches drama education and some aspects of general education, pedagogy and professional studies and has a particular interest in the nature and scope of drama and its impact on pedagogies for teaching and learning. He is a member of the Standing Committee for Initial Teacher Education in Drama (SCITED). Before joining Birmingham City University, Simon taught drama and theatre studies in secondary schools and in further education, and had academic and pastoral posts of responsibility in Essex and Birmingham.