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Initial teacher education providers: unsung heroes of the pandemic (September 29th, 2020)
JNR blog on how ITE providers are the unsung heroes of the education sector.
DfE: New Immigration System: new guidance and other developments (September 25th 2020)
The DfE published 4 pieces of online guidance this week on the new immigrations system (from January 2021) and how this will affect overseas student teachers and trainee providers.
DfE: SKE courses & conditional offers (25th September 2020)
Advice and FAQ from the DfE on SKEs and conditional offers.
DfE: Trainee teachers & 'critical worker' status (22nd September)
COVID-19 ITT Guidance (published on 2 September) that says trainee teachers do have critical worker status.I
OfSTED: Initial Teacher Education update (September 2020)
Welcome back to the autumn term. Hopefully you have had some well-deserved rest over the summer.The aim of Ofsted’s Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Update is to provide ITE partnerships with the latest Ofsted information, guidance and relevant links. If you are no longer the identified provider’s representative for your ITE partnership, please pass on to the relevant colleague and contact us with their details via the ITE@ofsted.gov.uk mailbox.
Launch of teachers' well-being and resilience project
A new research project on teachers' well-being and resilience, launched today.
CollectivED: The Mentoring & Coaching Hub (September-October newsletter)
The September-October newsletter from CollectiveED (Leeds Beckett University).
#DiverseEd Educators events
Diverse Educators is a grassroots community and series of events which launched in January 2018. It was co-founded by Bennie Kara and Hannah Wilson, who also co-founded #WomenEd.  
FLiTE - September 2020 update
The latest news and resources from FLiTE (University of Hertfordshire)
National Roll Out of the Early Career Framework (ECF) (September 2020)
This is to let you know that the Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the National Roll Out of the ECF will be launched on Monday 14 September 2020.
The TeachVac review of the labour market 2020 & vacancy service
A copy of the latest assessment of the labour market for teachers in 2020. TeachVac remains the largest free platform for teacher vacancies in England. In 2020, more than 43,000 vacancies for teaching posts in England have so far been listed on TeachVac, along with more than 60,000 vacancies in 2019.
ITT Core Content Framework Exemplification Resource
These resources were collated by DFE on the basis of suggestions made by a selection of ITT providers. They were not produced by UCET and are not endorsed or otherwise by UCET.The ITT Core Content Framework (CCF) published in November 2019, defines the minimum entitlement for all trainees and places a duty on ITT providers and partner schools to work to embed this in programmes from September 2020. This document includes resources that complement those in the references section of the CCF (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/initial-teacher-training-itt-core-content-framework).
Inside Inclusion: supporting teachers and trainee teachers to address bullying and creative inclusive schools in the 20-21 academic year
Chris Gibbons is Director of Inside Inclusion and has over 15 years’ experience developing and delivering inclusion and anti-discrimination strategies across a range of industries in the private, public and voluntary sectors in the UK and around the world. From boardrooms to classrooms, he has helped organisations put diversity and inclusion at the heart of what they do and understand the moral, commercial and legal benefits of creating an inclusive culture.
DfE: Caps for Undergraduate ITT lifted for AY2020/21
The DfE have announced today that caps for undergraduate ITT places has been lifted. See the full announcement below
DfE: SKE alllocations for AY2020/21
DfE statement on SKE funding for 2020/2021.
UCET Covid 19 risk assessment advice
The purposes of this guidance is to give UCET members some suggestions about things they might like to consider when carrying out risk assessments and making decisions about the placement of ITE students in schools during the current Covid 19 Pandemic. This advice is contingent on any future decisions or guidance from relevant statutory authorities.
The Bristol Guide 2020-2021: a handbook for education professionals
The new Bristol Guide 2020-2021 is now available to purchase and will be published on 13 August 2020.  UCET members can claim a 10% discount on the guide. 
UCET Forum and Committee Dates: Autumn Term 2020
The forums and committee meetings next term will be online by Zoom again. Dates for 2021 will be set next term.
MillionPlus Policy Briefing: The Future of Initial Teacher Education: Living in the age of Covid-19 and beyond
A new policy briefing paper from MillionPlus.
NQT support and inductions from September 2020
The NQT alert on the Teacher Vacancies Service is now live.
CollectiveED Working Papers: Issue 11 (July 2020)
The new issue of CollectiveED, including a paper by Caroline Daly, Margaret Mulholland and Julie Greer on "Why schools should continue to provide placements for trainee teachers? A think piece working paper"
DfE: ITT delivery for 2020/21: provider approaches and examples
This document has been developed by the sector for the sector, and is intended to act as a helpful guide for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers by setting out some ideas about how to approach delivery in the current context, together with examples of what some providers are doing already.
DfE Teacher Recruitment Bulletin (July 2020)
ITT Recruitment1) Guidance Updates for all ITT Partnerships2) Summer Recruitment Service3) Important Changes to the Professional Skills Tests4) Changes to the Database of Trainee Teachers and Providers (DTTP) and July updatesSupport available5) Associate support for accredited ITT providers6) COVID-19 ITT course extension funding7) Teaching Vacancies ServiceProgramme Updates 8) Now Teach Network & Programme Update9) Cognition Education Programme Update10) Maths and physics chairs programme – trainees available for September 202011) Future Teaching Scholars: an opportunity to fill maths and physics vacancies.12) Recruit International Teachers for STEM and MFL13) Extra support for school early career teachers14) Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST) coursesITT 202115) Preparing for the DfE Apply for Teacher Training service
Systematic Synthetic Phonics and theOfSTED ITE inspection framework
UCET's statement on the Systematic Synthetic Phonics and the OfSTED ITE inspection. The new Ofsted Framework for the Inspection of ITT Providers in England has been recently published and it is clear Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) continues to be central to the government’s approach to the teaching of early reading and must be covered in all primary ITE programmes. It is also required to be covered through references in the 2012 teacher standards (Part 1, Pg. 11) and the Core Content Framework (Pgs.6; 14 & 15). The new Ofsted Framework for the Inspection of ITT Providers in England has been recently published and it is clear Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) continues to be central to the government’s approach to the teaching of early reading and must be covered in all primary ITE programmes. It is also required to be covered through references in the 2012 teacher standards (Part 1, Pg. 11) and the Core Content Framework (Pgs.6; 14 & 15). SYSTEMATIC SYNTHETIC PHONICS AND THE OfSTED ITE INSPECTION
UCET Summer 2020 Newsletter
A copy of the UCET Summer 2020 Newsletter is now available to read
Global Education Monitoring Report 2020 - Inclusion and Education: All Means All
Three new reports from UNESCO on inclusion and education
Musical chairs: Understanding and tackling COVID-19 disruption to the teacher recruitment market (June 2020)
A report from The Gatsby Foundation on teacher recruitment during the Pandemic and the implications for NQTs.
UCET statement on the Core Content Framework and OfSTED inspection framework (23rd June 2020)
UCET's statement position on the announcement made today in respect of the Core Content Framework and the OfSTED inspection framework.
OfSTED: ITE Consultation Engagement 2020: FAQs
The results of the recent consultation engagement in an FAQ. A PDF copy is also available to download below.
NFER Report - Teacher Labour Market
NFER’s annual Teacher Labour Market report series, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, aims to monitor the progress the school system is making towards meeting the teacher supply challenge by measuring the key indicators and trends of teacher supply and working conditions. This second annual report presents data from a range of sources, which together highlight the trends that describe the teacher supply situation, up to 2018/19.
Education and Training Foundation Newsletter (June 2020).
The latest copy of the Education and Training Foundation's newsletter.
Chartered College of Teaching: launch of the Early Career Hub online resource for trainee teachers
The Chartered College has launched the Early Career Hub; an indispensable resource packed with articles, interactive content and high-quality classroom footage created by teachers and academics, aligned to the Early Career Framework and Teachers’ Standards and tailored to the needs of early career teachers. The Early Career Hub is available free to all student teachers and NQT members of the Chartered College and builds on our extensive early career support, including Accelerate, early-career events and our upcoming Early Career Framework Handbook.
The Bell Foundation: ITT Evidence-informed EAL content recommendations for ITE curricula in line with the ITT Core Content Framework
Nearly half of all teachers in England are teaching pupils from diverse backgrounds, and superdiversity in schools is becoming the norm. Therefore, ensuring that student teachers are prepared to meet the needs of pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL) as part of their initial teacher education (ITE) is essential, due to the need to ensure that their teaching practices are fully reflective of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Quality Teaching for EAL learners in the ITT Content Framework - webinar 21st May
This webinar will explore the implications of the DfE’s ITT Core Content Framework (CCF) for the design of initial teacher training programmes with a focus on preparing student teachers to work in diverse multilingual classrooms and to meet the learning needs of their current and future English as an Additional Language (EAL) pupils. It will introduce a guidance document produced by The Bell Foundation to support ITT programme leads and tutors as they review and redesign their organisation’s ITT curriculum in line with the ITT CCF.
CollectiveED (Leeds Beckett University): May 2020 update & research project on coaching & COVID-19
The latest news and updates from CollectiveED at Leeds Beckett University. Details of the current research into coaching and mentoring during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found in the attached PDF, along with the full update of events and information.
DfE’s Apply for teacher training: FAQs
In November 2019, the Department for Education (DfE) launched a new teacher training application service, Apply for teacher training.Apply for teacher training is now live, and is already being used by 110 providers to recruit candidates to over 1500 courses.
Education and Training Foundation newsletter (April-May 2020)
The latest copy of the ETFs newsletter.
Council for Subject Associations: launch of online directory (28.04.2020)
News today of the launch of an online directory of all the Subject Associations that support each subject taught in schools, plus listings of organisations that provide further support.
Fitness to Teach: optional guidance to support ITT providers
Optional guidance to support ITT providers in respect of occupational health requirements, funded by UCET & NASBTT.
Call for Papers: Mentoring in Times of Crisis, Pandemics and Social Distancing
A special issue of the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education.he deadline for Submissions is November 16 2020
Equivalency Testing options
BCU have developed and on-line GCSE equivalency option which is available to other ITE providers.
Scenario-Based Learning
Online realistic classroom scenarios for ITT trainees, developed from a new project at the University of York. Please see the details below and attachment. Contact Professor Robert Klassen if you would like more details on how to use the scenarios.
DfE: Coronavirus - updated guidance, links and helpline for ITE providers (07.04.2020)
The latest guidance from the DfE for ITE providers regarding the Coronavirus. Please scroll down to see further links and also a helpline telephone number and email contact.
DfE: Impact of COVID-19 on applicants (England only - 06.04.20)
Please click on the link below on the Get into Teaching website for today’s DfE guidance to ITE applicants.Further guidance for providers is expected at any time.
BERA Spring Newsletter
BERA Spring newsletter, which is now available to read online via the link.
UCAS Teacher Training Bulletin
The latest updates, information, analysis and results from UCAS.
Education and Training Foundation Newsletter (March-April 2020)
The latest edition of the newsletter from the ETF is now available.
TEAN 2020 Conference: postponed until 2021
It has now been confirmed that this year's TEAN conference will be postponed due to the Corona virus and will now take place in 2021. Please see the message below from Linda Shore at the LED Research Centre, University of Cumbria.
DfE Coronavirus: Advice for ITE providers (updated 27th March 2020)
Mandatory guidance on the criteria that organisations must meet to provide initial teacher training (ITT). This guidance is for:accredited ITT providers and their partner schoolsorganisations seeking ITT accreditationOfstedThis guidance sets out what accredited ITT providers must do to comply with the law. You should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.
UCET Spring Newsletter 2020
A copy of the UCET Easter newsletter is now available to read. The text of the newsletter is available below for those on mobile devices, and a PDF download at the bottom of the page.
DfE statement on the Coronavirus and ITE
DfE statement on the Coronavirus and ITE which supersedes the holding advice issued by UCET and NASBTT on Friday.
Coronavirus Well-Being Hub launched
The General Teaching Council for Scotland have launched a new well-being hub for teachers and student teachers to help support them through the Corona virus. Follow the link below for more details.
DBS Checks and Coronavirus: a guide
Guidance on how to carry out DBS check remotely
Education and Training Foundation newsletter (Feb-March 2020)
The new Education and Training Foundation newsletter is now available to read.
DfE: Apply for Postgraduate Teacher Training Pilot
Nick Gibb's Letter that has sent out to all providers of teacher training about the announcement that the Apply for Teacher Training pilot has started. Also attached below is a proposition pack with some FAQs about the pilot.
DfE: Funding for T-levels announcement (7th February)
The DfE have announced additional funding support for providers for T-levels.
OfSTED Consultation: ITE education inspection framework and handbook
Ofsted seeks your views on our proposals for changes to the initial teacher education inspection framework and handbook September 2020.This consultation closes at11:45pm on 3 April 2020
Mary Russell
A tribute to Mary Russell, former executive director of UCET (1967-2004) who has sadly passed away.
DfE: New ITT Core Content Framework published
Please click on the link to access the new ITE core content framework, which has just been published. It will apply to all ITE programmes from September 2020. UCET and NSBTT will be supporting our respective memberships plan for its implementation. The framework will be the subject of a session on Wednesday at next week’s UCET conference. Please could those planning on attending the session bring copies with them, in print or on electronic devices, and be prepared with questions.
Promoting School Experience: increasing ITT applicants
DfE have been working alongside a large number of schools to develop the ‘Manage School Experience’ service. Schools can use the service to offer and manage school experience placements for prospective trainee teachers.The new service can be used as a marketing and recruitment tool to advertise teacher training opportunities.
Press Release: UCET calls for a reinvigoration of teacher professionalism
The Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) is urging all political parties fighting the General Election to commit to boosting the quality, status and professionalism of teachers.
UCET Travel Scholarship Report: early influences on teacher identity
Dr Martin Hagan's (St Mary's University College, Belfast) report on the early influences on teacher identity.
Funding: initial teacher training (ITT), academic year 2020 to 2021
Funding guidance for schools and ITT providers for 2020 to 2021 including bursaries, scholarships and salaried route grants.
The Bristol Guide and the Document Summary Service: 10% discount for UCET members
Two ‘must-haves’ from the University of Bristol’s School of Education: The Bristol Guide and the Document Summary Service