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Promoting Quality in Teacher Education

Preliminary UCET response to the government’s response to the ITE Market Review consultation

1 December 2021

Preliminary UCET response to the government’s response to the ITE Market Review consultation

Embargoed until 09.30 on 1 December 2021

We are pleased that, following discussions with UCET and others, the government has relaxed some of the detailed requirements relating to programme structures, and taken steps to amend or provide funding for some of the proposals that would have had significant cost implications for ITE providers and their partner schools. We also welcome the commitment given to allowing ITE providers autonomy in the design and delivery of ITE curricula, and to a diversity of ITE provider in terms of type, size and location.

We do not see the need for an expensive and bureaucratic reaccreditation process which could, depending on how it is handled, have implications for teacher supply. The case for an accreditation process has not been made, and we are worried that it might be used as a means to introduce further changes that have not been consulted upon. The proposed timescale for accreditation is also problematic. We do, however, note and welcome the commitment given by the government in the House of Lords on 18 November that any accreditation process will be ‘open, transparent and equitable. We look forward to working with the government on this.

Whilst we acknowledge that the response reflects some of the concerns of the sector to the original proposals, we reserve any final comment until we have had time to engage more fully with the detail of the guidance accompanying the accreditation procedures.

UCET

1 December 2021

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