Promoting Quality in Teacher Education

New Core Content Framework toolkit from the University of Bristol

18 September 2023

No one involved in teacher training will be unaware of the major structural changes which will be ushered in when the ITT Market Review comes into force from 2 September 2024. Here at the University of Bristol School of Education, preparations are well underway.

One of the things which is helping us as we prepare ourselves – both for the implementation of the Market Review and for our next Ofsted inspection, is our Education and Policy Research Service (EPRS). The service provides weekly updates about the educational landscape and monthly summaries of key policy and research documents. Of particular relevance, however, is the new CCF toolkit which has just been added to the service. An invaluable resource which contains an overview of the 139 research articles with a brief summary of the content and a quality grading. For each Teachers’ Standard, there are 2 summaries of research articles and 2 discussion/question sheets. Students can be tasked with reading a research summary and preparing the questions which they then discuss in groups. I have piloted this toolkit-based approach with my current cohort of students, with colleagues at a recent staff meeting, and with a small group of school mentors – with encouraging results! As one colleague noted, ‘This is a great resource to bridge theory to practice’. School mentors have commented that the toolkit could be used as a basis for CPD training.

We will be using the toolkit to ensure that our training is aligned to the CCF and would like to enable other schools and providers to do the same. If you are already an EPRS subscriber, you can access the CCF toolkit by going to our website and using your unique access code.

If you are not, you may wish to consider becoming a member – worth it for the toolkit alone! We are currently offering a limited-time 20% special offer for members of the UCET just by quoting UCET20. Be quick though, the offer runs out on 30 September 2023.

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