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Promoting Quality in Teacher Education

CALL TO ACTION: UCET Teacher Education Student Census

5 December 2022

CALL TO ACTION: UCET Teacher Education Student Census

The Equalities Subgroup of UCET has been working on a student census to build a picture of the demographics of teacher education students across England. The reason for collecting this is to develop a transparent understanding of who is undertaking courses to become a teacher and where there is underrepresentation so that, as a sector, we can target our response in an informed manner to ensure that we have a teaching community that is representative of our communities. In order to have the full picture we need your support. Please can you share the census link with your student teachers currently undertaking courses leading to QTS across all strands (including School Direct)? It would also be wonderful if could share this link amongst your social media channels and comms with your students.

This census is ethically approved by Leeds Beckett University, all responses will be anonymous and the data will be shared with the sector via the UCET and NASBTT networks in 2023 through summary reports.

The census survey will be live until March 1st 2023 after which no further responses will be accepted.

If you have any questions, please contact pinky.jain@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

To support you to be able to share this wider, you can use this link https://forms.gle/5V2SYqzzSbEBrytCA across your social media channels to reach your students.

Thank you for your support with this vital work.

We have also put together an email template you may wish to use to send the link out to students. It could be used in a newsletter to your students to encourage them to complete the census:

Dear Student Teachers,

REF: Initial Teacher Education: Student Teacher Census

Thank you for your time and contribution to this census. This census has been designed by the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) Equalities Committee subgroup. The main purpose of this census is to collect data that may provide important insights into the demographic diversity of the student-teacher population entering the teaching profession in England.

Key information about the census:

· The census has had ethical approval.

· Data is anonymised, and issues around GDPR have been considered in the census design.

· No individual response will be shared

· Reports with summaries of all the replies will be shared with UCET and NASBTT networks to support the development of representation within teaching.

· Summary data may be used by researchers and featured in articles, conference proceedings and reports but your response will not be singled out

If you have any questions, please email ced-teachereducation@leedsbeckett.ac.uk